New Jersey City University is an institution in and of the city. In expanding its campus, NJCU expects to create an urban village that will enrich the surrounding neighborhood and will encourage its neighbors to enjoy the shops, theatre and performing arts programs, cafes, and public outdoor spaces that are part of the plan.
NJCU is collaborating with the City of Jersey City and New Jersey Transit on a redevelopment plan, the “Bayside Project,” that will bring sweeping change to the west side of the city, the area in which the University is located. As a part of the Project, NJCU is creating a 21-acre West Campus, which will blend academic buildings, recreational facilities, and mixed-use residential, retail, and commercial space with landscaped public areas and walkways.
The West Campus is bordered by Route 440, West Side Avenue, Carbon Place, and the Home Depot property. Parts of the 21 acre site are currently used by NJCU for parking, storage, and tennis courts. The site also includes blighted land once occupied by a steel manufacturing plant that is subject to remediation.
The West Campus is a mixed-use development that includes educational facilities, a performing arts center, an athletics field house, housing, retail shops, and restaurants – all set amid landscaped public plazas and surrounded by tree-lined avenues. The West Campus is within easy walking distance of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and readily accessible to local bus lines.
In more specific terms, the West Campus will include:
Actual site construction will begin in 2011 s with the development of the infrastructure, including placement of sewer lines, utilities, and streets. The final stage, the construction of the buildings, will be handled in phases from 2012-2016. Construction on the final phase of the West Campus is anticipated in 2016.