40-Unit Development Approved at 475 Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City

475 Communipaw Avenue Approved Development Jersey City
Approved new development: 475 Communipaw Avenue, Bergen-Lafayette, Jersey City. Rendering by Bodnar Architectural Studio.

The path has been cleared to bring a sizable storefront to a prominent Bergen-Lafayette intersection as part of a mixed-use redevelopment that will create some affordable housing units.

During their March 11 meeting, Jersey City’s zoning board unanimously approved a plan to overhaul an 11,700-square-foot property at 475 Communipaw Avenue. Jersey Digs first reported on the proposal back in January and the project was modified a bit following some feedback from public meetings.

The land currently hosts the Perfect Touch Express Lube & Car Wash Center and is directly across the street from Hooked JC. The parcel was purchased for $2.3 million earlier this year by a company called 475 Communipaw Ave JT LLC, who has been authorized to tear down the car wash and replace it with a new development designed by Bodnar Architectural Studio.

475 Communipaw Ave Jersey City Development
Site of development, currently: Perfect Touch Express Lube & Car Wash Center, 475 Communipaw Avenue at The Junction in Bergen-Lafayette, Jersey City. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

The approved plans call for the construction of a five-story building set to include a 6,177-square-foot commercial space on the ground floor. The development’s basement will consist of a garage with 22 parking spaces and a bicycle room with space for 47 bikes is also included in the plans.

The remaining floors of the project will feature 40 residential units, breaking down as 24 one-bedroom units and 16 two-bedroom units. Four of the one-bedroom spaces are slated to be set aside as affordable housing for those making 50-80 percent of the Area Median Income.

475 Communipaw Ave Jersey City Garfield Ave Elevation
Future residential plan, Garfield Avenue. Elevation by Bodnar Architectural Studio.

Other features of the project include a 1,440-square-foot deck and garden on the roof complete with areas for planters, a gym for residents, and a first-floor lounge space. The development is slated to utilize aluminum cladding, cement board, and brick veneer on its exterior.

The property, which is irregularly shaped and features a unique slope, is located within an R-1 District that allows one- and two-family homes as of right. As a result, the zoning board granted the developer variances related to use and height, as only three stories are allowed under current zoning. A groundbreaking date for the project has not yet been announced.


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  1. Amazing stuff, with Berry Lane around the corner, it makes more sense to have new development with commercial space rather than a car wash. Now let’s work on the body shop across the street.

  2. I like that car wash. We need auto repair body shops and car washes, and supermarkets and it all can’t be cookie cutter “luxury” apartments!!! We are getting a huge tower one block away on Communipaw from this new development, a dual tower on the end of Van horne, another multi-lot large building in progress and another large lot was just demolished and cleared on Communipaw, and now another TALL tower by the liberty light rail stop, in addition to all the apartments on Johnston by the foundry, not to mention the planned “Canal Crossing” community, besides the multiple liberty science center developments. Where are all these people who will move into these buildings? Where is the environmental impact studies for ALL these buildings? I like my water pressure in my house on Van horne. I don’t want to lose that or have sewage bubbling up out of my shower drains when all these buildings tap into the ancient sewer system! Where is the accountability for the impact these new developments will have on existing residents? Will they lower my property taxes?? Share that burden???

  3. Thank God! That whole area is such an eyesore. This will undoubtedly set of a cascade of developments in the immediate vicinity.

  4. Love it. Would like to see more green space, but what a great improvement over existing conditions. If you don’t like it, the suburbs are not too far away.


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