After Much Debate, Jersey City Says Yes to Controversial Odgen Avenue Development

152 Ogden Avenue Jersey City Rendering 1
Rendering of the recently approved project at 152 Ogden Avenue in Jersey City. Image courtesy of MVMK Architecture.

A residential project in The Heights that has seen significant pushback from the community can officially move ahead as Jersey City officials have greenlit a heated proposal along the palisade cliffs.

Jersey Digs first reported on a plan for 152 Ogden Avenue over a year ago. The land is owned by a company based out of the Bergen County borough of Oradell, with Hoboken-based Pintak Development applying to develop the property.

152 Ogden Avenue Jersey City Rendering 5
Image courtesy of MVMK Architecture.

The proposal looked to revamp a 40,000-square-foot parcel sandwiched between two historic buildings and directly across the street from the trolley house that has stood in the neighborhood since 1892. A portion of a current parking lot would see an eight-story development rise in its place.

152 Ogden Avenue Jersey City Rendering 3
Image courtesy of MVMK Architecture.

The application drew so much opposition from the neighborhood that an appeal was filed as to whether a variance was needed related to the cliff-facing setback. Jersey City’s zoning board heard the appeal last year and upheld the determination of the zoning officer, which concluded the application was conforming to R-3 zoning regulations.

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Image courtesy of MVMK Architecture.

Jersey City’s planning board unanimously approved the 152 Ogden Avenue application during their February 20 meeting despite several public speakers who were against the project.

The application had been discussed during a previous planning board meeting as well, but the board determined that current regulations allow the project to move forward without any variances.

152 Ogden Avenue Jersey City Rendering 4
Image courtesy of MVMK Architecture.

Designed by MVMK Architecture, the proposed structure is set to top out at 85 feet. The modern project will consist of 14 residential units, breaking down as 12 two-bedrooms and two one-bedroom spaces.

The units in the project would feature floor-to-ceiling windows and the exterior of the development is slated to utilize Hardie panel siding, brick, and aluminum composite components for a sleek look. 14 parking spaces are included on the ground floor and eight spots for bicycles are to be featured in the building’s basement.

The development sports a tiered and setback design to allow for outdoor terraces in the residences, which will provide sprawling views overlooking Hoboken and New York City.

Plans for the building’s roof include a 300-square-foot common amenity space plus a 1,042-square-foot roof deck.

Despite the lengthy approval process and testimony heard during three different meetings, a groundbreaking date for 152 Ogden Street has not been announced.


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