RIVET in Jersey City — Courtesy: RIVET Apartments/Claremont Cos.
By Joshua Burd
Consulting firm Dresdner Robin has completed a series of design and development services for a newly delivered, 163-unit luxury apartment project on Jersey City’s west side.
In news release, the firm said it carried out site and landscape design, permitting and construction administration services on what’s known as RIVET. The $50 million project, which was delivered late last year, sits at 23 University Place Blvd. and is part of a sweeping public-private partnership to transform land owned by New Jersey City University.
Dresdner Robin worked on behalf of a development group that included The Hampshire Cos., Claremont Cos. and Circle Squared Alternative Investments.
“Dresdner Robin is proud of the wide-ranging services it has provided for University Place — no doubt a transformative project,” said Robert Byra, a project manager in the firm’s engineering department. “While it required extensive coordination with the university and the design team, RIVET certainly stands out among our portfolio, based on both scope and its direct, and immediate, contribution to the city’s West Side.”
RIVET is the first of two phases by the same development team and is one piece of University Place, a master redevelopment plan that will result in eight buildings along West Side Avenue. All told, the project will create more than 1,000 market-rate-units, 100,000 square feet of retail space and a new performing arts center, cafes, theaters and recreational spaces.
As part of its services, Dresdner Robin oversaw the preparation of site plans that were transformed into construction documents, including site layout, grading, drainage and utility design and rooftop landscape architecture, according to a news release. The Jersey City-based land use consultancy also obtained an array of permits necessary for construction from local, regional and state agencies.
RIVET, which has been honored by groups such as the Urban Land Institute and the New Jersey Alliance for Action, also has 10,000 square feet of retail, commercial and restaurant space. The property sits a third of a mile from a Hudson-Bergen Light Rail stop.
“RIVET has played an essential role in launching the transformation of Jersey City’s West Side, offering a luxury housing option at an affordable price point,” said Richard Sciaretta, director for Claremont Cos. “This artfully crafted complex will be in high demand for years, and we are happy to be a contributor to this valuable partnership.”