Seven-Story Building Could Replace Former Jersey City School

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2737 John F Kennedy Boulevard Jersey City
The former Hudson Arts and Science Charter School at 2737 Kennedy Blvd in Jersey City. Image via Google Maps/Street View.

Jersey City’s Zoning Board of Adjustment could approve a proposal this week calling for the construction of a seven-story development at the site of a building long used for educational purposes.

The board is scheduled to hear a proposal for 2737 and 2741 John F. Kennedy Boulevard during its Zoom meeting this Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m.

2737 John F Kennedy Boulevard Jersey City Rendering
Rendering of the proposed project. Image courtesy of Virgona & Virgona Architects.

Developer 2737 Kennedy, LLC is seeking preliminary and final major site plan approval with variances in order to build a complex with 35 residential units and 15 parking spaces. There would be five one-bedroom units, 28 two-bedroom units, and three two-bedroom units, according to the application, which indicated that no “affordable housing units” would be created.

Site plans from Edgewater-based Virgona & Virgona Architects that were released by the City of Jersey City show that a 1,290-square-foot roof deck area is planned as well.

Affidavits of performance and ownership that were submitted to Jersey City’s municipal government identified Brian Philipson as the managing member of 2737 Kennedy, LLC.

The existing two-story structure on part of the premises was described as a “vacant … former school building” in the project’s principal points statement. There is also a parking lot on the premises.

The building was recently home to Fair Lawn-based Hudson Arts and Science Charter School’s (HASCS) campus serving kindergarten through second-grade students. The annual HASCS financial report for the fiscal year ending in June 2019 mentioned that the location had a capacity of 150 students and an enrollment of 47.

The elementary school director for HASCS could not immediately be reached for comment.

Previous occupants of the site have included Starting Points, the Cornerstone School, and Jersey Academy.

The tracts are situated between Journal Square and the campus of Saint Peter’s University. Property sales records show that 2737 Kennedy, LLC, which is registered out of an address in the Hoboken Business Center, paid $1.875 million for the site in February.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment and other commissions are subject to change.

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