56 Apartments Could Replace Bergen-Lafayette Sanitation Garage

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309 311 Pine Street Bergen Lafayette Jersey City
Site of proposed development: 309-311 Pine Street, Bergen-Lafayette, Jersey City. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

Just as construction is getting underway or finishing up on some residential projects in Bergen-Lafayette, other buildings are being proposed for this Jersey City neighborhood. For instance, just a few yards away from other developments, two properties in this section of Ward F could potentially become the site of dozens of new residences.

408 Whiton Plaza, LLC and 309 Pine Plaza, LLC of Williamsburg, Brooklyn have submitted plans to the Jersey City Planning Board in connection with their proposal to build an eight-story complex at 408-410 Whiton Street and neighboring 309-311 Pine Street, according to a public notice.

The properties, which are located between Johnston Avenue and Ash Street across from the massive vacant building at 125 Monitor Street, consist of an empty gated lot and a former sanitation garage that used to contain the J.F. Morena Co., also known as Morena Container Service. The company was acquired in 2016 by the Action Environmental Group while the developers bought the site for over $1.4 million last year.

408 410 Whiton Street Bergen Lafayette Jersey City
Site of proposed development: 408-410 Whiton Street, Bergen-Lafayette, Jersey City. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

Now, the new owners of the site are looking to bring 56 residential units on the premises. Should the development move forward as planned, only 13 parking spaces would be provided for residents.

The Planning Board is scheduled to hear this matter during its meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 5, according to the notice. Preliminary and Final Site Plan approval has been sought by 408 Whiton Plaza, LLC and 309 Pine Plaza, LLC along with minor subdivision approval so that one 10,000-square-foot development lot can be created.

Modern multi-family development in this neighborhood began not long after New Jersey Transit opened the Liberty State Park station on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail but has picked up steam over the last few years. This part of Bergen-Lafayette used to feature a mixture of industrial, commercial, and residential uses but the neighborhood’s industrial presence has continued to fade over the last couple of decades.

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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