10-Unit Building Planned Where 19th Century Building Once Stood

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34 36 Jones Street Journal Square Jersey City
34-36 Jones Street, Jersey City, was built in 1870 and demolished in December 2017. The lot is now empty and awaiting approval for development. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

As Jersey City continues to become home to more modern residential developments, some of the city’s oldest structures are being torn down in order to clear the way.

For instance, a three-story building used to stand at 34-36 Jones Street in Journal Square. The structure, located between Newkirk and Sip Avenues, was constructed in 1870 and was occupied by numerous companies and organizations over the years such as Facade Architecture, Hudson Pride Connections, and the Hudson-Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Then, in June 2017, a company simply known as JUD, LLC acquired the property for $1.5 million, according to NJ Parcels records. Public records obtained by Jersey Digs show that gas line work was conducted on the premises by PSE&G in November 2017 and that a month later, Winston Consultants, Inc. applied to conduct a $40,000 demolition of the structure. A permit was granted on December 7 and, after 148 years, the building was torn down shortly after by IBN Construction Corp. of Newark. Although the site failed a progress inspection on December 18, it passed during a subsequent visit in January.

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Now, what the new owners of 34-36 Jones Street are planning to do with the property has been revealed. The premises, which are located on a largely residential block in Ward C near Hudson County Community College and the PATH, could become the site of a five-story mixed-use building.

During its meeting today, the Jersey City Planning Board is scheduled to hear a proposal by JUD, LLC for Preliminary and Final Site Plan approval with six deviations in connection with the project, including front yard setback and minimum sidewalk width. The development is slated to include 10 units along with retail space on the ground floor. If approved, it would be the first building on the block to contain retail space.

The board’s meeting will begin tonight at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. This is a shame. Such a beautiful structure torn down for a 5 story building? It was already 3 floors. I don’t agree with this. Since this was torn down, should be a more impressive structure then what’s being proposed. This lot is located in such a municipal and mass transportation area… I think it should be something like a 9-12 story mixed use to say the least …

  2. Yes watched this beauty go down, what a SHAME. My guess is they were planning on knocking down the victorian next to it as well until the demo ordinance changes. They better not replace this with some garbage, generic looking building!

    It’s amazing this was one of the last remaining old buildings on Jones street as all the other row houses have been mangled…so out of all the buildings they demolish it’s the one remaining nice one!

    • It is a SHAME. Problem is this is a municipal area. So it will happen, since these Victorian are out of place at this point. If they are already knocking this down given it doesn’t fit into the redevelopment plan, they at least need something impressive built. Not a 10 unit, 5 story building. If that was the point, why knock this beautiful building down? There are several empty lots in JC where a developer can build a 5 story building …

  3. I rather housing supply be increased to act as downward pressure on housing prices so that more people could have a place to live in this great city than to dedicate precious real estate for the lucky few to enjoy the view.

    • Good luck with that one if you think knocking down historic buildings to build a few extra units is somehow going to reduce the rent prices! Rent prices in JSQ are going in one direction…and that’s up! Just too close to transportation and as more of the huge high rises go up, there will be more shops/restaurants and that all equals higher rents.

  4. Another sad story of hard work and craftsmanship from yesteryear going to the landfill. What will be built will mostly be of disposable materials that will arrive at the landfill much sooner than 148 years.

    The basic principle of supply and demand may apply in housing markets that have an average demand, but they don’t hold true in destination cities. NYC has built many housing units in the last 20 years, including the boroughs and the prices continued to increase and are only now reaching a possible plateau. I don’t think adding more units of housing in a destination market like Jersey City will hold the market prices. The idea that densitity will keep the rents within reach is not guaranteed. If there was limited profit to make investors would not be coming this way.

  5. Why not appreciate the tens of people that will live in this new gorgeous development?

    Dont you get it, people are waiting to move to jersey city?

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