12-Unit Development Planned for 387 First Street in Jersey City

387 391 First Street Jersey City Development Proposal
387-391 First Street, Jersey City. Image via Google Maps/Street View.

While towering high rises and developments with huge unit counts tend to get the headlines, smaller projects have always been abundant throughout Hudson county’s more historic neighborhoods. One of those emerged last month in The Village section of Downtown and looks to add a modern development that could rise four stories.

On May 11, plans were presented during a virtual meeting of the Village Neighborhood Association for three side-by-side row houses at 387-391 First Street. All the structures on the undersized lots would be replaced with a 12-unit project that covers 100% of the properties under the current proposal.

387 391 First Street Jersey City Development Rendering
Three side-by-side row houses would be replaced with a new 12-unit structure. Rendering credit Input Creative Studios.

Designed by New York-based Input Creative Studios, the development would include two one-bedroom apartments and 10 two-bedroom spaces. Select units in the elevator building would feature Juliet balconies and nine parking spaces are included in plans for the property, which backs up to one of Downtown several embankments.

The development would include a common roof deck and utilize cast stone and brick on its exterior. The project is being pitched by Sam Steinberg, who is listed as the property owner for the 387 First Street parcel.

The land falls within an R-5 Zone and as currently envisioned, the project would need a few variances to move forward. Exceptions for maximum building coverage (70% allowable) and lot coverage (80% allowable) would need to be granted as well as a variance for density, as the development seeks to build 12 units where nine are currently permitted.

Other more minor variances related to a minimum rear yard setback and 0% landscaping where 20% is required would also be granted. The project will need to be heard by the city’s zoning board before moving forward and representatives for the developer stated during last month’s meeting that plans haven’t been submitted to the city just yet, which Jersey Digs has been able to independently confirm.

A timeline for the project has not been announced.



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  1. A great deal of condos and expensive apartments are being built but when will there be low income housing available? Majority of life time residents can’t afford to live here but out of state and out of this country people are being accommodated while we remain homeless. Thanks Mr. MAYOR.

  2. I don’t think republicans have much to boast about at this point to be honest, crawl back into your Trumpy hole.

    I also don’t understand why people are still so confused by this. More demand = higher prices. JC was high demand late 1800s into mid 1900s, when the area occupied by wealthy residents hence the beautiful brownstones and Victorians all around town.

    Then demand plummeted so wealthy got replaced by low to middle income. And now the comeback and, again, you see a demographic shift. There is no utopian world where an area develops and all the prices and people stay the same.


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