Development could finally take place on the vacant Newark Ave site in Jersey City

Prior to demolition: 270-272 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. Photo via Joseph Del Forno Real Estate.

The new owners of a plot that has been vacant for almost four years hope to revitalize the site and fill a missing peg along one of the city’s main commercial corridors.

The recent drama at 270 Newark Avenue began in May 2018 when the land belonged to a subsidiary of the KABR group. A historic building of the property has been demolished in a seemingly sudden way, a move that generated strong opinions from some residents who felt the demolition was unnecessary.

The KABR Group obtained approvals the same year to redevelop the site, but these never materialized and the company attempted to sell the plot instead. The land was eventually sold at auction and is now owned by 270 Newark Avenue LLC, an associated entity of Monroe-based Green Homes Builders LLC.

There is now new hope to fill this notable gap along Newark Avenue, which has seen many other constructions while this site has lain dormant. The new owners have submitted a proposal to build a five-storey development that would rise 54ft over the property, which is irregularly shaped and sits on the corner of the road with Monmouth Street.

270 Newark Ave Jersey City Rendering
Rendering of the new design. Image courtesy of Hampton Hill Architecture.

Designed by Hampton Hill Architecture, the proposed development would include ground floor commercial space spanning 1,140 square feet. The remaining floors would consist of four units that would all sport three bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as private balconies that would face Newark Avenue.

Although no parking for cars is included in the proposal, space to store four bicycles would be reserved in the basement of the development. The building would also include a 786 square foot communal recreation space on the roof and use dark gray fiber cement panels alongside beige composite metal on the exterior.

Clarity could emerge on the proposed development very soon. The city’s planning board is expected to hear the project’s re-nomination at its Feb. 15 meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held virtually over Zoom.

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