Once home to a funeral home, the southwest corner of West Side and Gautier Avenues in Jersey City’s Ward B is currently the site of a small private parking lot and a red building that sits empty. However, under a new proposal, these premises could become home to a new mixed-use development.
The plans call for the new building to be four stories tall and contain six residential units, according to a legal notice from City Hall. In addition, a mezzanine level is planned for part of the structure and ground floor retail or commercial space would be provided.
Although the application for the project was filed by developer Frank Peraza, NJ Parcels records show that 723 West Side Avenue and 1 Gautier Avenue are owned by the nearby St. Aloysius Catholic Church. Should the project be approved, the new 53-foot building would rise next to the St. Aloysius Elementary Academy and include community space for the church. Peraza is the same developer who converted the St. Aloysius Convent on Delaware Avenue into the One Twenty Six On The Park condominium project.
New Jersey Transit buses to Newark, Journal Square, Downtown, and Exchange Place stop in front of the site, which is located two blocks away from Lincoln Park across from a row of stores.
The proposal was initially slated to go before the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment on May 10. Peraza is seeking Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan approval with variances for use and height.