24-Story Building Proposed for Bergen-Lafayette in Jersey City

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256 262 Johnston Avenue Jersey City Development Proposed
A 24-story mixed-use development is in the works for 262 Johnston Avenue in Bergen-Lafayette, Jersey City. Image via Google Earth.

One of the closest sites to the Liberty State Park stop on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail in Jersey City could potentially become home to one of the tallest buildings in the area.


A 24-story mixed-use development is in the works for 262 Johnston Avenue in Bergen-Lafayette, according to documents from the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA). The proposed development by FD Johnston Ave, LLC would consist of 168 residential units and 7,924 square feet of retail and commercial space.

The residential units would be a mixture of studios, one-bedrooms, and two-bedrooms. Seven one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units would be considered “affordable housing,” according to a resolution that was adopted by the JCRA’s Board of Commissioners on June 16.

The resolution authorized the execution of a redevelopment agreement with FD Johnston Ave, LLC regarding the previously industrial 262 Johnston Avenue and the neighboring vacant lot at 256-258 Johnston Avenue. The resolution noted that FD Johnston Ave, LLC is the contract purchaser of the site and that back in 2007, the JCRA entered into a separate agreement with a company called Johnston Station, LLC regarding the redevelopment of the tracts.

However, according to the resolution, “the prior redeveloper has not redeveloped the project premises” and “the prior redeveloper has been dissolved.” The former members of Johnston Station, LLC reportedly requested this new agreement from the JCRA and authorized the sale of the properties.

Municipal tax filings associate Johnston Station, LLC with residential addresses on Congress Street in Jersey City Heights and Riverview Avenue in North Arlington. Meanwhile, a 2018 certificate of registration from the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services listed Lawrence J. O’Rourke as the registered agent of FD Johnston Ave, LLC.

The certificate also named Robert A. Caulfield and James F. Caulfield, Jr. as the members or managers of FD Johnston Ave, LLC and associated the firm with the same address on Henderson Street in Hoboken as the offices of Fields Development Group. In February of this year, Gregory Domenicucci became the company’s new registered agent, with a change of registered agent certificate including the same address as the Exchange Place offices of Katerra.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. What’s ridiculous is the R-1 Zoning, which is allowing the plague of Bayonne Boxes to be built around the city.

    Density and height are not inherently bad. This is an area of town that needs a big and bold investment like this. Something that will spur the redevelopemnt of the vast parking lots in the area.

  2. Affordable housing, how excellent! Certain groups will be able to jam 10 or 12 people into a 2 bedroom unit. Remove the closet doors, put up some curtains and that’s a palatial 5 bedroom dwelling. Cozy.

  3. This area needs a bold investment? Have you been in this area lately? There are 5-10 luxury development already opened or nearly completed. There’s a growing restaurant scene that will surely grow as more buildings fill up. Newly installed bike lanes make it even more accessible to downtown on Grand St.

    So yeah I don’t think this area is desperate for anything…specially a 24 story building. The current heights are fine. This has zero shot of getting approved.

  4. Good stuff. Building tall, modern, and dense should be the norm across Jersey City and especially within such good transit access!

  5. Money grabbing assholes only looking for their own interest and they don’t care about the city. This is becoming like new york more traffic more people. Too crowded .

  6. In my view it’s never a question of tall vs small. Sensible and aesthetic considerations should always be the be the norm in urban planning and development. Of course preserve neighborhoods in and around Van Vorst and Hamilton Park which are comprised of mostly smaller scale buildings. Same for an architectural gems such as the old courthouse and Lowe’s Theatre. These are unique structures. Ugly ass Bayonne boxes should simply be banned. If they’re not a “blighting factor” (which is prohibited in article 254-44 of the City Code) I don’t what is. However, building tall makes most sense if it frees up open spaces for parks and greenery, almost regardless of the location. No brainer.

  7. Would love to see the renderings. The photo used though… Most of those empty lots are being built on or already leased. However, since this is the last before the park, might not be a bad idea and if it benefits the neighborhood, why not? Definitely need a community meeting and see what benefits can be achieved for our neighborhood…

  8. The biggest blights in this neighborhood are those enormous surface parking lots across the street from the light rail. Those should be demolished and replaced with about 6 high rise buildings and one tall parking structure. Mass transportation stops should have large buildings next to them, not f*n parking lots!

  9. A 24 story building is totally out of scale for this area. As a homeowner a couple of blocks away, a 24 story tower will make me rethink plans to install rooftop solar since this will block sun for a couple of morning hours each day. I think an 8 – 10 story building would be plenty large for the area, and a much larger building is going to put many low rise, 4 story rental buildings in the area at risk of being bought up, emptied out and demolished as developers seek an upzoning.

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