Whole new world: Developers break ground on residences in former Pep Boys lot

Men in hard hats moved across the Jersey City site that had once housed a Pep Boys auto center last Wednesday, working with coordinated tenacity and marking the beginning of what may be the city’s most ambitious construction project in decades.

“For most ground breaking, people usually have a pile of dirt and a few shovels,” said Abe Naparstek, senior vice president of residential development for Forest City Realty Trust. “We wanted to have something we could show.”

Although dubbed as a groundbreaking, work on Hudson Exchange West actually began last November.

Over the next 20 years this project is expected to result in the construction of 12 new residential towers on an 18-acre site near Marin Boulevard and Second Street, close to the Newport Mall and near the waterfront.

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