Five-Story Project Approved at 580 Palisade Avenue in Jersey City

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Approved residential/retail development: 580 Palisade Avenue, The Heights, Jersey City. Rendering courtesy MVMK Architecture.

Central Avenue has long been the go-to street in The Heights for shopping, food, and more, but a new retail and dining corridor has started to emerge closer to the cliffside. The latest development about to hit Palisade Avenue will add another storefront to the streetscape inside a modern building that includes 13 units.

Three adjacent lots at 578-582 Palisade Avenue currently consist of a single-family home, a side yard, and a three-story multi-family structure. All of that will soon meet the wrecking ball, as the city’s planning board green-lit an application at their July 9 meeting from a company called 578 Palisade LLC. The entity, registered out of the Central Avenue address of Renaissance Realty, purchased two of the parcels back in 2017 for a total of $1.15 million. The final lot, 582 Palisade Avenue, was sold in January to a separate company called Wunderhaus LLC that’s registered out of Sunnyside, Queens.


The owners appear to be collaborating for the five-story, 13-unit development designed by Hoboken-based MVMK Architecture. The project will sport a brick corbel exterior with a cast stone cornice and the fifth floor of the building will be set back a bit from the street, with French balcony doors acting as windows for the top floor units.

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Site of development: 578-582 Palisade Avenue, The Heights, Jersey City. Photo via MVMK Architecture.

The first floor of the elevator building will include a lobby, package room, 12-car parking garage (which is four more spaces than required) and a bicycle parking area with room for 25 bikes. A stormwater retention tank will be built beneath the property and 1,295 square feet of retail space is included inside the southern section of the building.


The second floor will feature two separate three-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex units that will each include a private 325-square-foot deck off the rear of the building. All but one of the building’s remaining living spaces will sport two bedrooms and two bathrooms, with three units on the higher floors including private roof decks of varying sizes.

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580 Palisade Avenue, The Heights, Jersey City. Elevation courtesy MVMK Architecture.

580 Palisade Avenue will additionally feature a 686-square-foot green roof and plant three new trees on a sidewalk that currently has none. The development falls within a R2-D zone and can be built as of right under current zoning, but the plans were nonetheless submitted to the city for review.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. too bad so much of the facade gets gobbled up by a garage. wish the demand for parking wasnt so high here, or we could have some nice exteriors. that said, its one of the more elegant approaches to a garage ive seen in some time. like they actually tried.

  2. Article is a bit outdated, they knocked down the remaining crumbling structure last week or so.
    Looks pretty cool – great addition.

    • Yep. Right now the side of the building to the left is being shored up and sealed, and then they can start on their construction!

  3. It’s a hundred times better than the standard dumpy ass Bayonne box. It very vaguely echoes an Art Deco design yet streamlined and modern. MVMK does some of the best, if not the best, buildings in and around Jersey City. We need more stuff that looks like this.

  4. The R2 zoning is the only reason why this isn’t getting three bayonne boxes. If it was on the side street like Ogden it would be business as usual, we need to get rid of R1 zoning and let the city be a city not a suburb.

  5. i was wondering how come there was no primal screaming from RNA on this one, dragging it for years and then letting it die after exhausting everyone. how is it a different zone vs. the abandoned firehouse they fought so viciously against

  6. If the bulldozers are still available, can you also knock down the Bayonne boxes next door? We need to slowly eliminate all those hideous structures around JC. But this building looks nice

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