Board to Hear Proposal for Building with Retail Space Along Grand Street, Jersey City

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Proposed development at 665-669 Grand Street in Bergen-Lafayette, Jersey City. Plan by Architectura via the City of Jersey City.

Nearly two dozen additional residential units could be coming to Grand Street in Jersey City if a new development proposal comes to fruition.

An application submitted to the city’s municipal government calls for a four-story building with 18 one-bedroom units, five two-bedroom units, a “rooftop amenity deck,” and two retail spaces at 667-665 and 669 Grand Street, according to a principal points statement.

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Map of the site. Image by Architectura via the City of Jersey City.

Seven parking spaces along with a storage room for 12 bicycles would be included on the premises, the document says.

The developer’s application shows that no “affordable housing units” would be created as part of this development.

Municipal tax filings list Mecca Realty Properties, LLC as the owner of 669 Grand Street, which includes a one-story garage that was painted several years ago with a mural that partially stated “DISPLACEMENT.” The owner of the neighboring undeveloped lot at 667-665 Grand Street is listed as Clean-O-Mat Corp.

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The proposed design. Elevations by Architectura via the City of Jersey City.

These two properties are located between Garfield and Johnston avenues near the Whitlock Cordage site.

A request for preliminary and final major site plan approval with variances and a traffic impact study waiver in connection with this project is scheduled to go before the Jersey City Planning Board during the meeting on Tuesday, April 20. The meeting is expected to begin over Zoom at 5:30 p.m.

This neighborhood has already seen several other residential and mixed-use development proposals over the last several years, including one that has resulted in the adaptive reuse and expansion of the former 660 Studios building and another calling for a 16-unit project at 656 and 658 Grand Street.

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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  1. Grand street needs a major overhaul to make it more modern with more pedestrian/bike friendly for any of these retail spaces to have a shot. Who wants to go down the narrow sidewalks with psychotic drivers wizzing by?

    Overall love the development since that area is a complete eyesore with empty lots and depleted buildings. Let’s just not fool ourselves with the rendering tree lined street with people frolicking around, it’s going to take some major traffic studies and creative minds to make that happen.

  2. Great momentum in this area! I think this section of Grand St will be totally different in 10 years. It has great advantages: close to downtown, close to Arlington Park, and ripe for development.

  3. co-signing @DazedandConfused this stretch of Grand needs a redesign and a road diet for safety, especially if developers are just going to dump thousands of new units along the corridor.


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