12-Unit Building Could Replace Journal Square House

810 Pavonia Jersey City Nj
810 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City. Image via Google Maps/Street View.

A house that is situated near a parking garage entrance in Jersey City was sold for more than $900,000 in March, according to property sales records. Now, the new owner of the site is seeking to demolish the single-family home in order to construct a multi-family residential development.

Tenafly-based Black Iron Journal Square, LLC submitted an application seeking preliminary and final major site plan approval with variances as part of their plans to bring a four-story building to 810 Pavonia Avenue.

810 Pavonia Jersey City Development Rendering 2
Rendering of the proposed project. Image courtesy of Nastasi Architects.

The company’s proposal calls for the development to be 44 feet tall and include 12 residential units, all of which would be studios. There would also be 360 square feet of “indoor amenity space,” according to the application, which also listed “n/a” under “total number of affordable housing units created.”

810 Pavonia Jersey City Development Rendering 1
Image courtesy of Nastasi Architects.

Site plans from Nastasi Architects that were released by Jersey CIty’s municipal government show that 12 bicycle parking spaces would be included, as would “roof deck amenity space.” There would be three residential units on each floor.

810 Pavonia Jersey City Development Rendering 3
Image courtesy of Nastasi Architects.

The Jersey City Planning Board is scheduled to hear this application during its virtual meeting over Zoom this Tuesday, October 13 at 5:30 p.m.

810 Pavonia Jersey City Development Rendering 4
Image courtesy of Nastasi Architects.

The site is located adjacent to the Square Ramp parking facility near what is often used as a shortcut to get to the center of Journal Square and the PATH station. The parking properties were the subject of a massive development proposal more than three years ago, but construction has yet to begin on that project.

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.



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  1. So many questions, don’t even know where to begin…so they bought it $900k to demolish and rebuild? Seems like they’re working with some tight margins on that one.

    This design would make sense if the plan was to demolish every house on that block and build similar buildings. Otherwise that strip is mostly Queen Anne style home so just knocking one down to build this doesn’t really make sense.

    I know JSQ isn’t generally aesthetically pleasing but no need to add fuel to that fire.

  2. As long as every individual in the USA requires their own car, there is no solution to the “parking problem” other than tearing down houses and building massive parking garages. As long as we prioritize cars over people, we will continue to use valuable land for huge lots dedicated to cars (that are empty most of the time). Bikes, Public Transportation, Automated Delivery, Shared Services etc. aren’t a “green dream”. They are a necessity based on physical space and the glut of automobiles clogging our streets. These rows were not built to accommodate 8 horse carriages per house, let alone 8 giant SUVs. Does every individual really need an 18 foot car to go get a carton of milk?


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