Development May Replace Vacant Lot Near Jersey City’s West Side Avenue Light Rail Station

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403 405 West Side Avenue Jersey City Development
403-405 West Side Avenue, Jersey City. Image via Google Maps.

Two adjacent properties near the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail’s West Side Avenue terminus in Jersey City have sat vacant over the last few years, but they might not be undeveloped for much longer.


Harry Persaud, the owner of 403 and 405 West Side Avenue in Ward B, submitted an application to the Jersey City Planning Board seeking preliminary and final major site plan approval in order to construct a five-story building on the 4,911-square-foot premises near Yale Avenue.

The application says that the development would be 55 feet tall and include 16 residential units, 1,992 square feet of retail space, and a roof deck. Eight of the units would contain one bedroom while the remaining eight would include two bedrooms, with none being classified as “income restricted housing.”

No parking spaces for cars would be included, though there would be 16 bicycle spaces.

403 405 West Side Avenue Jersey City Rendering
Rendering of the planned project. Image courtesy of Mukti Architecture.

Mukti Architecture is listed in the application as the project architect. A rendering of the development shows that several units facing West Side Avenue would include terraces.

A hearing is scheduled to occur over Zoom on Tuesday, January 4 at 5:30 p.m.

Although the parcels are vacant now, that was not the case several years ago. Much of the site previously included a two-story building that contained Baby Land Nursery II and First Hari Om Tat Sat Cultural Center. Signage for Persaud Electric also used to be displayed.

This development proposal comes amid an increase in development near the light rail station, including nearby projects such as 400 Claremont Avenue’s 3 Acres, which was previously referred to as The Element.

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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