Jersey City Approves Inventive Solar-Heavy Project at 558 Communipaw Avenue

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A vacant lot at 558 Communipaw in Jersey City is slated to be developed into a 5-story mixed-use building. Image via Google Maps.


A vacant lot down the street from Lincoln High School in Jersey City is slated to be redeveloped into a mixed-use building sporting an eco-friendly feature that will be the first of its kind in Hudson County’s largest city.

During their April 4 meeting, Jersey City’s planning board signed off an application to revitalize a vacant lot at 558 Communipaw Avenue. The land, situated on the corner of Crescent Avenue, spans all the way through to neighboring Harrison Avenue and falls within the Jackson Hill Redevelopment Plan.

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Rendering of the project. Image courtesy of Integra Architecture.

While the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency owns the parcel, a Secaucus-based LLC submitted plans for the property that were drawn up by Lyndhurst-based Integra Architecture. The scheme calls for a five-story building that rises 52 feet at the tallest point.

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The exterior of the development is slated to utilize a brick and composite panels cladding system that includes an integrated solar energy capability component. Testimony during the planning board’s meeting stated that the developer believes the project to be the first building in Jersey City to utilize the technology.

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Image courtesy of Integra Architecture.

The ground floor of 558 Communipaw Avenue is slated to feature 1,202 square feet of retail space that sports floor-to-ceiling windows. The remainder of the development, which includes a bicycle storage room but no parking for cars, will consist of 20 residential units breaking down as eight studios and 12 one-bedroom spaces plus a common roof deck for future tenants.

The planning board granted a minor variance when approving the project related to the minimum lot area required for a five-story building. A groundbreaking date for the development has not yet been announced.


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