11 Apartments Could Replace Office Space in Union City

3510 3520 Bergenline Avenue Union City
3510-3520 Bergenline Avenue, Union City, will propose converting the second-floor office space into apartments. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

The top floor of a two-story Union City building could soon contain nearly a dozen apartments if a plan by the property owner is approved.

3510 Bergenline Avenue, LLC has filed an application with the Union City Planning Board in connection with its property at 3510-3520 Bergenline Avenue between 35th and 36th Streets. A legal notice issued earlier this month reveals that the company wants to turn the mixed-use building’s second story into 11 residential units. The floor in question currently contains office space.

In order to move forward with this project in the midst of one of the country’s densest neighborhoods, the developer is trying to receive Site Plan approval with several variances, ranging from off-street parking to maximum building coverage. A hearing has been scheduled for this Tuesday, February 26, at 6:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

State filings show that the company was registered in 2016 out of Purchase in Westchester County, New York. Just a few months later, the LLC acquired this property for $3.2 million, according to NJ Parcels, whose records linked the firm with a management company called UFVS at the time. The UFVS website is currently inactive.

This is not the first time in recent years that the Union City Planning Board has heard an application regarding this building. Back in 2017, there was a similar plan to convert the second floor into multiple apartments, with attorney Bianca Pereiras telling the board in part that “unfortunately, that office space hasn’t been rented out in many years, so the application before the board this evening is to convert that office space on the second floor to residential units.”

The ground floor of the building contains multiple retail spaces that are currently occupied by businesses such as Payless ShoeSource and Rent-A-Center. The commercial space on the street level is expected to remain, according to the notice, though it was recently announced that all American Payless locations will be closing soon.

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

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