A modern complex that includes some affordable housing is slated to rise along a stretch of Bergen-Lafayette in Jersey City that otherwise consists of two-story homes.
During their July 12 meeting, Jersey City’s planning board green-lit a proposal to redevelop two lots at 369-371 Whiton Street. The plan was submitted by a subsidiary of Vreeland Projects, the company behind the restoration and residential conversion of the St. John’s AME Church on Pacific Avenue.
Designed by Weckenmann Architecture, the development is slated to rise just under 61 feet and includes 20 residences plus four parking spaces. The units break down as five studios, 10 one-bedrooms, and five two-bedroom spaces, which will sport large bay windows along the rear of the building.
Per regulations included in the Lafayette Park Redevelopment Plan, the future development will include an affordable housing component. A pair of two-bedroom units will be designated as such, with one set aside for a very low-income household making less than 30% of the Area Median Income (AMI) and the other to be allocated for those with a moderate income (50 to 80% of AMI).
The building, which will include an elevator, will feature large windows and arches on the top story. An exterior of brick and cast stone plus some black vinyl siding will be utilized, while a roof deck will be featured overlooking Whiton Street alongside an extensive green roof system.
Jersey City’s planning board granted the application variances related to the development’s rear yard setback and maximum permitted height. A two-story home at the property was demolished earlier this year, perhaps an indicator that construction could begin soon.