Approval Sought for Residential and Retail Development on Monticello Avenue, Jersey City

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Proposed development: 143-145 Monticello Avenue, Jersey City. Rendering courtesy Weckenmann Architecture.

Nearly four months after plans were announced to bring a project with 22 residential units and retail space to Monticello Avenue in Jersey City, another 22-unit mixed-use development could be approved for a separate location just a few yards away within the same business district.


The Jersey City Planning Board has scheduled a virtual hearing for Tuesday, August 10, at 5:30 p.m. regarding Monticello Lofts, LLC’s proposal for 143 and 145 Monticello Avenue, two adjacent properties between Belmont Avenue and Emory Street in Ward F.

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Site of proposed development: 143-145 Monticello Avenue, Jersey City. Photo via Weckenmann Architecture.

The company, which is registered out of a post office box in Rockland County, New York, submitted an as-of-right application for preliminary and final major site plan approval to the board.

The application says that the development at 143 and 145 Monticello Avenue would be five stories tall and include four studios, eight one-bedroom units, and 10 two-bedroom units, but none would be considered “affordable housing.” There would be a total of 888 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

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143-145 Monticello Avenue, east elevation. Rendering courtesy Weckenmann Architecture.

A fitness center and a roof deck are also envisioned for the building, according to site plans from Weckenmann Architecture, LLC that were released by Jersey City’s municipal government.

Parking would reportedly not be provided on the premises, which are more than half a mile away from the closest light rail station. However, New Jersey Transit’s 87 bus to Journal Square and Hoboken Terminal stops near the corner of Monticello and Belmont avenues.

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143-145 Monticello Avenue, west elevation. Rendering courtesy Weckenmann Architecture.

The site currently consists of a vacant lot and the former home of the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church.

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

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