It may not end up with nine lives, but it’s going to have at least four. The first was as a shipyard, established along the Hackensack River. By World War II, this was the U.S. Navy’s preferred place to build vessels. After purchasing it in the 1960’s, the Neu family started to dismantle ships there, salvaging the materials to sell. It was during the next phase, as a distribution center, that Hurricane Sandy inundated the buildings, prompting Wendy Neu to add “developer” to her resume. The Hugo Neu Corporation is now transforming the 130 acres into a sustainable enclave called Kearny Point.
WXY Architecture + Urban Design founding principal Claire Weisz and Studios Architecture associate principal Graham Clegg worked on the master plan. The pair have also renovated a craneway and kitted it out as office space. In the pipeline: a waterfront promenade to create a destination not just for those who work there but for everyone.
Image by Studios Architecture and WXY Architecture + Urban Design