Despite countless projects being proposed and constructed nearby over the last decade, one Jersey City property that is passed by thousands of commuters on a daily basis has yet to see redevelopment. However, changes could soon be in store for the old car dealership site next to where John F. Kennedy Boulevard crosses Route 139 north of Journal Square.
The property in question, 3085 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, is the subject of an application by Journal Square Estates, LLC that calls for the construction of two 12-story buildings on the premises with a total of 373 residential units.
The project would be built in two phases, according to the development application. Phase I would reportedly include 183 units while the second phase would bring the remaining 190 residential units. Six dozen parking spaces and 1,356 square feet of retail space are also planned, the document states.
Nearly 200 of the units would be studios while more than 160 would each include one bedroom. There would also be a handful of two-bedroom and three-bedroom units, but the application indicates that no “affordable housing units” would be created.
A separate subdivision application has also been filed by Journal Square Estates, LLC. Ravi Adusumilli is identified in an affidavit of ownership that was released by Jersey City’s municipal government as the development firm’s managing member.
The site was previously home to Metropolitan Volkswagen and A.C. Chevrolet, and while the sign for the latter dealership remained atop the former business, it has been many years since any cars have been sold there.
In the time since, six-story developments called The Caprice and The Monte Carlo have been constructed next door, a five-story building has been built behind the site on the other side of Skillman Avenue, a 99-unit mixed-use development has been planned next to the nearby Grandview Terrace complex, and multiple high-rise projects have been proposed farther south.
Journal Square Estates, LLC’s applications were initially scheduled to go before the Jersey City Planning Board on May 4, but the agenda for the meeting on that date says that these matters have been carried to the May 18 meeting.
Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Jersey City Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.