Kearny Point is a 130-acre industrial campus located in Kearny, New Jersey, situated between Jersey City and Newark at the confluence of the Hackensack and Passaic Rivers. Hugo Neu, the developer, has a long‑term vision to convert this unique site and its real estate assets into a dynamic, innovative and market‑responsive commercial, recreational and cultural destination designed to attract a range of businesses and industries.
Hugo Neu engaged STUDIOS to help with the transformation of this historic property by first creating a development plan. Working with the entire project team, we have evaluated both the 130‑acre property and the existing structures that are currently vacant. The process included synthesizing the critical physical, programmatic, and economic issues through technical research and options development to inform the decision‑making process and hierarchy of transformation.
Key components of the project include:
- developing schematic designs to adaptively reuse Building 54, Building 100, and the Power Plant for a variety of commercial uses
- securing historic tax credits for the project
- defining a program of uses in line with the vision of project
- developing overall site concepts that address
- urban coastal resiliency
- ecological remediation of waterfront industrial sites
- green infrastructure opportunities for stormwater management and harvesting
- private and public transportation systems
- recreational and active design features, and
- schematic site design options, including space counts, lighting, planting concepts and featuring a “shared street” approach to site‑wide circulation (e.g., pedestrian, bike, vehicular);
- developing phasing plans to guide the long‑term development of the property; and
- detailed designs—in a phased manner—supporting the construction of Building 100, the South Basin Pier, Building 54, and the Power Plant.