Fields Grade, Alpine Residential celebrate topping-out of what will be tallest building in Jersey City’s Bergen-Lafayette

Jersey City’s skyline west of the waterfront was just amplified. In what will serve as a new landmark, Fields Grade and Alpine Residential on Friday announced the topping out of 270 Johnston Ave. At 262 feet, the developers and officials now have visual context for what will be the tallest building in Jersey City’s revitalizing Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood.

The 24-story building is being constructed by KL Masters Construction.

When complete, 270 Johnston will comprise 169 residential units, roughly 9,000 square feet of street-level and 2nd-floor retail space and indoor/outdoor amenities including an impressive, panoramic rooftop deck. The well-appointed residences will feature studio to three-bedroom floorplans, with 10 units designated as affordable.

The building is rising in a location near the 1,200-acre Liberty State Park and across from its light rail station.

“We envisioned 270 Johnston Ave. as a gateway building into Jersey City as it soars high above the New Jersey Turnpike extension and is highly visible to drivers entering the city,” Robert Caulfield, a partner with Fields Grade, said. “We’re excited to see that vision moving closer to a reality as we reach the full height of the building and recognize the collective efforts of our construction and design teams who have helped get us here.”

“We’re creating more residential and neighborhood retail, not replacing what’s existing,” Alpine Residential Managing Partner Bill Rosato said of the partnership’s commitment to the community. “270 Johnston is a key part of a series of developments that are helping to enhance the urban lifestyle afforded to residents in this neighborhood. We’re excited to be a part of the growth of Bergen-Lafayette and look forward to continued investment in the community.”

Designed by Hoboken-based MHS Architecture, with interiors from GRT Architects, 270 Johnston’s design draws inspiration from the post-industrial roots of the burgeoning Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood while also engaging with the Jersey City waterfront and the New York City skyline. The building’s east façade is pulled back, featuring an open grillwork of residential balconies with magnificent views. At grade, the building transitions from the scale and rhythm of the adjacent two-story masonry townhomes to 24 stories.

A comprehensive offering of amenities and social spaces will include 24-hour concierge, state-of-the-art fitness center with CrossFit equipment and a package room. The 24th-floor amenity level will feature an indoor resident lounge, communal kitchen, co-working spaces, and a gaming room, while the outdoor landscaped deck will offer a plunge pool, grilling stations and dining areas.