45-Unit Development Proposed Opposite Hudson County Courthouse

272 280 Baldwin Avenue Jersey City
Site of proposed development: 272-280 Baldwin Avenue, Jersey City. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

Five adjacent parcels in Jersey City are now the subject of a development application.

The owner of 272, 274, 276, 278, and 280 Baldwin Avenue is preparing to seek Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan approval with variances from the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) in connection with a proposed six-story building, according to a public notice. If approved and built, Five Star Investment Group’s development would rise 67 feet above the corner of Pavonia Avenue and consist of 45 residential units, one commercial space, and 41 parking spaces.

This matter was initially scheduled to go before the ZBA on December 5, according to a separate notice, but the application is currently slated to be heard during the board’s meeting on Thursday, December 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Located across the street from the Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Courthouse, the premises consist of a vacant area, a small private parking lot, and the Baldwin Professional Building, which has contained the Law Office of Netchert, Dineen & Hillmann along with other firms over the years. The latest notice regarding Five Star Investment Group’s application describes the existing building at 280 Baldwin Avenue as “historic” and notes that the project proposal calls for adaptively reusing the structure and incorporating it into the development.

The vacant portion of the site at 272 Baldwin Avenue included a house as recently as two years ago, but the home has since been demolished. The bottom portion of the house’s stairwell still remains at the property.

The ZBA hearing this week comes eight months after a listing was posted online advertising that all five properties were for sale with a combined asking price of $4.9 million.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment and other commissions are subject to change.



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  1. As much as I am very glad an empty lot in the middle of our city, on a main Street, across the street from the historical court house needs development, however I’m extremely disappointed that it will include 280 Baldwin. My personal favorite building in Jersey City. Just a pleasure looking at it. I would rather ask the developer to build higher on empty lot and reuse this building…

    • Val, that was an option, but Boggiano’s people nixed it. The original plan was for 8 stories.

      They want this developed as Bayonne boxes or a surface parking lot and won’t take anything more than that as acceptable.

      • 8 story and keeping 280 intact. Would be ideal in my humble opinion. Don’t understand why it was nixed… It’s not like it would of been a 20+ story. Let’s not forget block away is Journal Squared huge development and on the same block 20 story approved … I don’t see why 8 story would be a problem…

        • Some people fear any and all change…and certain politicians love to exploit people’s fears instead of presenting a positive vision for the future, whether it’s on the White House or in City Hall.

          It is uncertain whether this will be approved, given Boggiano’s opposition.

      • Don’t understand why nix 8 story. Leave 280 intact. Fix it. Use it as a commercial Cafe downstairs and upstairs a community area. Then everyone should be happy…

    • After reading the article again. I’m extremely happy and appreciative that 280 will remain intact… Would love to see the renderings.

    • Damn what a cute little Parisian style building in JC. I never really paid it any mind. Actually the courthouse is my favorite building. The interior murals and color palette of Windsor green and dusty saffron are pretty amazing.

  2. These are not developers. They can’t even finish a building on Newark Ave downtown. Do not grant them the approvals because this will be flipped within months and still not built. These are not developers they are half assed landlords. We do not need this next to our beautiful court house.

  3. Why dont just wipe all of us poor people out of the face of the earth! I’m homeless trying to find a low income apt. And want to stay in Jersey!


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