670-Unit Development Proposed for 286 Coles Street in Jersey City

286 Coles Street Jersey City Development Proposal
The development is planned for a currently vacant lot at 286 Coles Street in Jersey City. Photo courtesy of Marchetto Higgins Stieve.

The northern fringe of Downtown near the Hoboken border is home to several new developments and another one looks like it’s on the way, as a New York-based company will soon be pitching a plan for one of the neighborhood’s remaining empty lots.

On March 24, Jersey City’s planning board was scheduled to hear an application for a 1.83-acre parcel at 286 Coles Street and 258-285 16th Street. While that meeting was canceled due to COVID-19, the project will likely be heard in the near future when the planning board starts holding meetings again.

The block-long property is owned by ACEF-Albanese Coles Street LLC, a subsidiary of Albanese Development Group. The land was previously included in Hoboken Brownstone Company’s 305 Coles Street project, but that development has now been split into two parts with Albanese overseeing the 286 Coles Street parcel and Hoboken Brownstone Company having the rights to develop a two-tower development across the way.

286 Coles Street Jersey City Development Rendering
286 Coles Street rendering, courtesy of Marchetto Higgins Stieve.

Albanese’s proposed development is drawn up by Hoboken-based Marchetto Higgins Stieve and would rise in the shadow of the David Bowie mural on the Cast Iron Lofts. The project would see construction of one tiered-style building of varying heights set to include 670 market-rate residential units featuring black and gray brick and stone exterior plus large glass components.

286 Coles Street Jersey City Elevation
Side elevation, courtesy of Marchetto Higgins Stieve.

The easternmost portion of the development would be the tallest section at 21 stories, while a second high-rise section along Coles Street would top out at 14 stories. Seven and five-story sections would make up the rest of the project, which would include 355 parking spaces and 350 bicycle parking spots.

The 670 total units break down as 67 studios, 400 one-bedrooms, 189 two-bedrooms, and 14 three-bedroom spaces. The ground floor of the development would feature three retail storefronts; the first would be at the corner of Coles and 16th streets and run 2,200-square feet, while a 1,170-square foot space is set to be located just south at the intersection of Coles and 17th streets.

The largest of the three storefronts would span the entire block of Jersey Avenue and include two floors, with the first floor consisting of 9,778-square feet plus an additional 3,630-square feet on the second floor.

Amenities at the proposed building are plentiful and would include an 8,500-square foot “amenity courtyard” that would be entered along 16th Street’s ground floor. Plans on the sixth floor are devoted to outdoor facilities like a pool, a play area, game area, fire pit lounge, barbeque and biergarten area, bar and tv lounge.

286 Coles Street Jersey City Sixth Floor Roof Rendering
An LED-lit structural sculpture is the focal point of the 8th-floor amenity roof deck. Rendering courtesy of Marchetto Higgins Stieve.

The sixth floor would also include a few indoor amenity areas like a playroom, simulator room, fitness center, lounge, and party areas. The development’s eighth floor would sport another amenity deck facing 17th Street that includes a custom-designed structural sculpture with LED lighting.

Additionally, 286 Coles Street would include a “sky lounge” on the roof of the 21-story section of the building consisting of 6,800-square feet of outdoor roof space. An additional 3,600-square feet of indoor space on that part of roof would include a sunset lounge plus a kitchen and dining area.

The latest proposal to hit the neighborhood is across the street from the future Coles Street Park, which is being built as part of the Emerson Lofts redevelopment that’s currently underway down the block. 286 Coles Street falls within the Jersey Avenue Park Redevelopment Plan and will be requesting nine variances to move forward.

Specifically, Albanese will be requesting two variances relating to the height of the towers, four related to the average square footage of the units in the building, one for glass facade use, one for three residential signs where only one is allowed, and one for minimum sidewalk width. A new date to hear the application hasn’t officially been set just yet.



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  1. 400 1- bedrooms and only 14 3-bedrooms?????? STOOOOPID!
    Should not only have min 25-30 3- bedrooms but minimum 5 4-bedroom Apts.

  2. As usual Mayor Fulop crew is continues to cater to the needs of large scale developers with deep pockets to make campaign contributions and little no consideration to the infrastructure need to support these over sized buildings.

    While the small LED light structure makes a nice rendering to the advance approval of project the amount of give backs to public are minuscule in comparison to massive bulk of the building.

  3. Small one bedroom apartments by their very nature preclude the possibility of add children to the already collapsing Jersey City school system after a decade of misguided PILOTed development and produce transient post university dorms and not complete neighborhood.

  4. Adios real estate developers!! So sad to see you leave our city. PATH is obsolete overnight. JC has the worst corona infestation in the State. Goodnight real estate!! Have a great sleep

  5. Agree with Val. A few months at most and things will get rolling again. The first group of people infected with Covid will have developed immunity. Research, treatments and vaccines are well under way. Great time to buy into the stock market. One was either greedy or foolish if they hadn’t been putting cash on the sidelines for the past year and a half. Plus the med community will be much better prepared for the next cycle of infections in 2021.

  6. I agree with Y little to no consideration given to existing infrastructure(issues). The bigger issue is the proposed buildings on Marin Avenue that will surely have a long lasting negative affect on the area. There are significant traffic issues there now(pre shelter in place). Buildings that size so close to the tunnel will certainly make things worse.

  7. I’m all for density and <1:1 parking but holy sh*t — 670 units?!? Wouldn't this block out the entire Bowie mural? What's the point of that? And yea, we'll see how the economy comes out of this but boy do we need upgrades to PATH and road infrastructure *now*. Coles already seems to get a whole lot more car traffic than it used to, whether overflow from Jersey Ave or what.

  8. I agree with Frank C. There are not enough units for growing families and there need to be MANY, MANY more 3-bedroom units approved and built throughout Jersey City!!


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