Development Proposed for Century-Old Headstone Company Site in Jersey City

511 Newark Avenue Jersey City
A development is planned for the E. Pompilio & Sons site. in Jersey City. Image via Google Maps.

A long-established Jersey City business at 511 Newark Avenue could soon be demolished to make way for a modern building that will add a ground-floor storefront to the streetscape.

One of the more peculiar lots along the Newark Avenue thoroughfare has been occupied by E. Pompilio & Sons, a family-owned company since 1929. The lot has included a one-story office building and a yard housing several headstones for decades, but a company registered out of Saddle River in Bergen County is looking to change that via a new proposal.

511 Newark Avenue Jersey City Aerial
511 Newark Avenue in Jersey City. Image via Google Maps.

Drawn up by Hampton Hill Architecture, the plan for 511 Newark Avenue calls for a five-story structure that rises 52 feet at the highest point. The elevator building is slated to include 40 studio apartments that are described as “efficiency units” in the application submitted for the property.

511 Newark Avenue Jersey City Render
Rendering of the project. Image courtesy of Hampton Hill Architecture.

Balconies are to be included in many units off the rear of the building under the plan, which does not include any affordable housing component. No parking for cars is featured at the potential development but spots for 28 bicycles are included on the ground floor.

Speaking of the street level, a new 1,254-square-foot storefront facing Newark Avenue would be constructed under the plan. The exterior of the building would utilize cement board stucco, block framed aluminum, and some brick veneer on the first level.

511 Newark Avenue Jersey City Detail
Image courtesy of Hampton Hill Architecture.

Amenities for residents at the development would include a 440-square-foot fitness room, a lounge and co-working space on the first floor, and a 1,300-square-foot common roof deck. The development is asking for a single variance from existing zoning related to the proposal’s rear yard.

This stretch of Newark Avenue continues to evolve, as construction continues to hum along at the $345 million Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex down the street. A variety of restaurants including Café Peanut, Ling Long Xuan, and Freetown Road have opened nearby in recent years along with a few new developments.

Jersey City’s planning board is slated to hear the application for 511 Newark Avenue during their November 15 meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. and is being held virtually on Zoom. Those interested in attending the meeting can join at this link or by using the Webinar ID 838 9443 1900.


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