20-Unit Building Could Replace Jersey City C-Town

506 Central Avenue The Heights Jersey City
Proposed development at 506 Central Avenue, The Heights, Jersey City. Rendering via Lee Levine Architects.

Plans to build a new mixed-use development in the main business district of the Jersey City Heights neighborhood have been revived.

A developer is planning to construct a five-story building at 506-508 Central Avenue, between Graham and North Streets near Washington Park. The site, which is located in Ward D close to the Union City border, currently contains a two-story building that is occupied by one of Jersey City’s two C-Town Supermarket locations.

Under the latest proposal, the existing structure would be demolished and replaced with 20 residential units. A green roof and 10 parking spaces would also be provided, according to the Central Avenue Special Improvement District (CASID) website. Hoboken-based Lee Levine Architects (LLA) is listed as the designer for the proposal. The post by CASID states that “with an aging building stock that is nearly 130 years old, Central Avenue desperately needs all the upgrades and investment it can receive,” adding that “this project has gathered input and support from various community groups in recent weeks, including the CASID.”

Meredith Simpson of LLA confirmed the project plans to Jersey Digs and stated that the proposal could go before the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment at some point within two to four weeks. Should the necessary approvals be granted, the unnamed developer is seeking to begin construction by the end of this year, according to Simpson. She explained that the development would also include just under 3,000 square feet of commercial space that could be occupied by a market or restaurant, but stated that C-Town would not return to the new building.

Plans to redevelop this property were first revealed back in 2015 when a four-story building with 21 residential units was proposed. However, the project faced opposition by the Washington Park Association and made little progress.


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