72 Dorms Could Come to Jersey City’s 150 Bay Street

150 Bay Street Powerhouse Arts District Jersey City
150 Bay Street, Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

Dozens of students could spend some of their college years living in Jersey City’s Powerhouse Arts District if a new plan by a developer is approved.

Bay Street Associates, LLC has filed an application with the Jersey City Planning Board that calls for bringing student housing to the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors of 150 Bay Street, according to a public notice from November 1. The company is scheduled to seek Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan approval during the Planning Board’s November 12 meeting as part of its proposal to bring 72 dorms to the building.

Nine units for resident advisors, a study lounge, a cafeteria, and a recreation area for students are also in the works, according to the notice, which adds that an existing entrance to the building on 1st Street would be renovated and that the windows on the three floors in question would be replaced.

Once an A&P warehouse, the 10-story building at 150 Bay Street is now used for a variety of purposes, ranging from lofts and art studios to a bar, but the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors had been occupied in recent years by Keepers Self Storage. The notice states that the proposed student housing complex is expected to take up 121,041 square feet of the space that the storage company has used.

It is not yet clear if the dorms would be for students of a specific university. Representatives of 150 Bay Street and New Jersey City University could not immediately be reached for comment, while a Saint Peter’s University spokesperson told Jersey Digs that the school is not involved with the project.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Jersey City Planning Board are subject to change.



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