The Village Neighborhood Association met last night to discuss the details of a new mixed-use project at 380 Newark Ave. Presented by its architect, Scott Mahaffey, the building will fill a currently vacant lot with frontage on Newark Ave, 6th and Division Streets that was previously home to a used car lot. The developer on the project is the Weingarten Group who has been working in Jersey City since 1981.
The plan calls for 45 condo units on 5 floors above 20 parking spaces and 4300 square feet of retail/office/restaurant space on the ground level. The rooftop with have an amenity space of which a third will be planted green roof. A smaller 600 sf structure on the roof will potentially house more amenities like a gym or community room. Because of this top level structure the building will count as 7 floors.
Most units will be 2-bedrooms with two 3-bedrooms and and five 1-bedrooms.
380 Newark goes in front of the Zoning Board on October 29th, where they will ask for a height variance for the extra 2 floors, even though the total building height matches the 5 story building next to it. The neighboring building has essentially a 2 story ground floor commercial space. They will also be asking for a variance to move the rear yard requirement to a more beneficial location for all building backing up to it.
This project will continue the redevelopment of a long-standing industrial area into a more neighborhood friendly mixed use. The area is currently void of significant ground floor commercial and the developer and architect are hoping this project further activates the community with more local business and restaurants.
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