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DeWitt Tishman gets the job at Trump Towers in Jersey.

DeWitt Tishman Architects LLP will finally realize its vision for the property at Washington and Bay streets in Jersey City, having worked diligently the last few months on the final details to create Trump Plaza: Jersey City. Given new direction, the firm's principals re-sharpened their pencils to bring this $415 million, 55-story luxury residential development to life.

In the spring of this year, the property changed hands and with the sale came a notable change in its end use. Originally hired by owners Applied Development and Panepinto Properties, DeWitt Tishman designed a stately twin tower rental apartment building at the site. However, this past spring Metro Homes acquired the property and determined that the new development should be a luxury condominium project.

With Donald Trump on board, the new owners retained DeWitt Tishman, asking the New York City-based firm to make the design changes necessary to transform the project into a development that reflects the high standards of the Trump Organization.

"This is a very high profile assignment for us," said Peter DeWitt, a company principal. In a few short months, the firm, working with the Trump Organization and Metro Homes, made some design modifications that they believe will make the property unique to the Jersey City waterfront area.

Some of the changes from the original plan include a cast stone facade in place of brick. DeWitt noted that cast stone was used with great success at Trump Place Riverside in Manhattan. In addition, cast stone spandrels with distinctive Art Deco detailing will decorate the space above and below the apartment windows. The windows themselves were changed from double hung to sliders.

In addition, a number of alterations were made to the interior finishes at the Trump Plaza: Jersey City. A key design element retained from the original plan, DeWitt said, was the stepped floor plan of the towers, which provides expansive corner views of Manhattan from most of the nine apartments on each floor. Apartments in the upper reaches of the buildings benefit from panoramic views of the entire region, with premium three-bedroom residences on the top floors utilizing building setbacks as private terraces.

Some of the other noteworthy design elements to be featured at Trump Plaza: Jersey City include: monumental stone piers that define the lobby entrance, a stately seven-story base that mediates between street level and the tower above and rusticated piers that soar the full height of the building to a distinctive crown defined by setbacks and deeply set windows.

In the past, DeWitt Tishman has designed a host of significant residential developments along the New Jersey waterfront. In Jersey City, the firm has worked on Grove Pointe, a new 850,00 s/f mixed-use development now under construction at a site above the Grove St. PATH station, and State Square, a 13-story, 130-unit rental apartment building with a parking garage. The development, which was completed in the spring of this year, was built at the site of the old State Theater off Journal Square. DeWitt Tishman has also designed several major residential developments in Hoboken, N.J., including the 526-unit apartment building at 333 River St. and The Sovereign, a 260-unit residential development that fronts the Hudson River.
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Title Annotation:WHO'S NEWS: In Construction & Design
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Sep 28, 2005
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