144 First Street peaks at 12 floors in Jersey City, New Jersey

Construction has culminated at 144 First Street, a 12-story residential building in Jersey City’s Powerhouse Arts District. Designed by Fogarty Finger Architecture and developed by EPIRE, the 125-foot-tall structure will provide 115,000 square feet with 84 apartments ranging from studios to three-bedroom units, as well as ground floor retail space for two tenants. WSP is the structural engineer and Molfetta Corporation is the general contractor for the project, which is bounded by Provost Street to the east, 1st Street to the south, and 2nd Street to the north. BHI, the US division of Israel’s Bank Hapoalim, provided a $36 million construction loan for the project in January.

At the time of our last update in January 2020, the plot had been cleared but was vacant. The first pile was driven last summer and since then the reinforced concrete superstructure has reached its peak, with work now shifting to the framing of the interior walls.

First Street 144. Photo by Michael Young

First Street 144. Photo by Michael Young

First Street 144. Photo by Michael Young

First Street 144. Photo by Michael Young

First Street 144. Photo by Michael Young

First Street 144. Photo by Michael Young

First Street 144. Photo by Michael Young

The rendering in the main photo shows the facade composed of floor-to-ceiling glass, framed by an irregular grid of vertically oriented white panels. A higher setback gives way to an outdoor patio, and the upper portion is clad in a gray stone grid with square windows. Shrubs along the edges of the eaves.

Residential amenities include a doorman, private gym, outdoor rooftop with kitchen and 3,732 square feet wellness area, indoor lounge, children’s playroom, bicycle shed and private storage.

144 First Street is to be completed by June 2023.

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