Proposed Eight-Story Building Could Add 158 Units Near Jersey City’s Bayfront Site

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405 Route 440 Jersey City Street View
The former La Mexicana space at 405 Route 440 in Jersey City could become a 158-unit residential building under a new proposal. Image via Google Maps/Street View.

A property situated a stone’s throw away from the Bayfront development site could itself become home to a new residential project.

Leontarakis JC-440 Real Estate, LLC is seeking to bring an eight-story building to 405 Route 440 in Ward A. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based company submitted an application to the City of Jersey City that says that 158 units and 108 parking spaces are envisioned for the site.

405 Route 440 Jersey City Map
Map. Image via the application.

Four of the units would feature three bedrooms, 35 would contain two bedrooms, and 119 would include one bedroom, but none would be “affordable housing units,” according to the application.

405 Route 440 Jersey City Rendering 1
Rendering of the building. Image courtesy of Jorge Mastropietro Architects Atelier.

Site plans from Jorge Mastropietro Architects Atelier that were released by Jersey City’s municipal government show that there could also be a fourth floor courtyard and a roof deck.

405 Route 440 Jersey City Rendering 2
Image courtesy of Jorge Mastropietro Architects Atelier.

Located near The Home Depot, the Stadium Plaza Shopping Center, and Society Hill, the building on the premises was previously occupied by a restaurant called La Mexicana. Other prior tenants have included the Route 440 Diner and Sports Bar, the Jersey City Diner, and the Colonette Restaurant.

A March traffic impact analysis from Dolan & Dolan Consulting Engineers, LLC that was included with the application noted in part that “construction recently started on the Hudson Bergen Light Rail extension, which will provide rail service to the adjacent ‘Bayfront’ redevelopment parcel,” adding that “upon [completion] of the HBLR extension, future site residents will be within a short walking distance to the new mass-transit hub and therefore, will not need to use automobiles for the peak hour commuting.”

This application was originally scheduled to go before the Jersey City Planning Board during a virtual meeting on September 8, but the meeting agenda states that the matter was carried to September 22.

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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7 COMMENTS

  1. This a terrible location for housing development. It would be literally on the highway in an already high traffic area -not to mention flood zone. Also, did I read correctly that there will be no onsite parking? This property should stay commercial.

  2. I agree – terrible site. This property became a nuisance after the restaurant closed – it became an illegal truck depot; local residents had to repeatedly request the city to take action over many months. It was finally fenced off. This should be commercially developed – restaurant or store.

  3. Also – there is no current construction on the extension of the light rail. The renovation of the Westside Avenue station was completed a few months ago.

  4. there is no current construction on the extension of the light rail. The renovation of the Westside Avenue station was completed a few months ago.

  5. lol this is an absurd location for a residential development, infrastructure nightmare…its a busy U turn and that floods and will no doubt get backed up with traffic to Society Hill as residents and Stadium Plaza come out to go North on 440…restaurant/coffee shop, etc might make more sense

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