Proposed 16-Unit Bergen-Lafayette Project Reaches Approvals Process

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327 Communipaw Avenue Bergen Lafayette Jersey City
Site of proposed development: 327 Communipaw Avenue, Bergen-Lafayette, Jersey City. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

A proposed mixed-use development in Jersey City’s Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood that we first told you about nearly a year ago could soon get the required approvals in order for it to come to fruition.

Last year, 327 Communipaw Ave., LLC’s Zalmen Strulovic applied to the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) to become the redeveloper of 327 Communipaw Avenue at the corner of Pine Street in the Morris Canal Redevelopment Plan Area. The property, which was acquired by the LLC in 2017, contains a two-story building that used to be home to the Kolonia Restaurant.

Under the developer’s proposal to the JCRA at the time, the existing structure was slated to be replaced with a building with 16 residential units and two retail spaces. 327 Communipaw Ave., LLC’s application to be designated as the site’s redeveloper was approved by the JCRA’s Board of Commissioners in March 2018.

Now, the LLC is slated to go before the Jersey City Planning Board in order to receive Preliminary and Final Site Plan approval in connection with the project as part of an “as of right” application, according to a legal notice. The board is scheduled to hear the developer’s application during its meeting this Tuesday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The notice shows that the proposed development is expected to consist of five stories and be 55 feet tall. The structure is still expected to contain ground floor retail space along with 16 residential units. Only one unit is expected to be designated as “affordable housing.”

This project comes amid several other proposed developments along this part of Communipaw Avenue, including a 40-unit building that is planned between Halladay and Van Horne Streets and a 47-unit building that was approved over a year ago by the corner of Manning Avenue.

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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