HARRISON — Two blocks from the Harrison PATH Station, developers have opened a new 329-unit rental complex with studios priced at $1,555 and two-bedroom apartments going for $2,775.
The complex, known as 330 Harrison Station, began renting last month, and is about 20 percent occupied, said David Barry, president of Hoboken-based Ironstate Development Company, a partner in the project with the Pegasus Group of Manhattan.
The 4-story $68 million complex is the third and latest phase of a mixed-use Harrison Station project that already includes a fully-leased 275-unit apartment complex opened in 2011 and a 138-room Element by Starwood hotel.
Ultimately, Harrison Station is to include at total of 2,250 apartments and 80,000 square feet of retail space clustered within easy walking distance of the PATH station. The complex will also include a 1,006-space parking deck.
Developers and local officials are counting on plans by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to replace the aging PATH station with a striking new facility costing $250 million.
Barry and Pegasus CEO Richard Miller joined Harrison Mayor James Fife and others for a grand opening on Thursday in the new building’s glass-walled lobby, which looks out at common areas that include a swimming pool, fire-pits, bocci court and barbecue.
“I want to know, who put that bocci court there?” Fife, who ran a bocci league in Harrison decades ago, told a crowd of 40 or so company and municipal officials, listing agents and others. “We’re going to have to put a league together.”
Whether or not they play bocci, Barry said Harrison Station looked to attract youngish professionals wanting an easy commute to Manhattan via the PATH.
The model units at 330 Harrison Station were clearly intended to appeal to youthful tenants, with a studio decorated in a brightly colored mod motif, and a one-bedroom unit furnished with a surf theme, with playing cards spread out on the dining table as if a poker game broke up in a hurry.
Each unit includes a stacked washer and drier conceal in a closet, and many have balconies with views of the opposing metropoleis of New York to the east and Newark to the west.
A majority of renters so far have migrated west, from New Jersey’s Hudson River waterfront, where Barry said rents are not quite at Manhattan or Brooklyn levels, but are higher than what Harrison Station could ask at this point.
“A lot of Jersey City people coming,” Barry said. “Cheaper. Harrison’s still emerging.”