32-Unit Development Approved for Griot Cafe Site on Jersey City’s Central Avenue

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428 434 Central Ave Jersey City Development Proposed
A rendering of the approved 32-unit development at 428 434 Central Avenue, Jersey City. Rendering via Central Ave SID/Facebook.

A developer’s plan for a 7,287 square foot site along the main drag of The Heights in Jersey City has been given the all-clear to advance.

A Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan application regarding 428-434 Central Avenue was was scheduled to be heard by the Jersey City Planning Board on January 21. The proposed five-story development plans were approved, according to the Central Avenue Special Improvement District (CASID), which posted a rendering of the proposed building.


A legal notice from earlier this month shows that NNJ Properties, a company registered out of the same address in the Long Village village of Williston Park as Napoleon Development, is envisioning a project with 32 residential units and 2,437 square feet of retail space.

Located at the corner of South Street, the premises are made up of two parcels and were acquired by NNJ Properties for nearly $2 million back in 2016. There are two longstanding buildings at the site that have included local businesses such as Griot Cafe, Princess Nails, Central Flowers, and AC Plaza 2000, along with multiple apartments. Should the developer move forward with construction, the existing structures would have to be torn down.


CASID posted on social media that “businesses at this location…are already working on relocating within the district as they are finalizing plans for the long-anticipated move,” mentioning Griot Cafe and AC Plaza 2000 by name.

In addition to Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan approval, NNJ Properties sought variances such as minimum required parking, according to the notice. Only seven parking spaces are being proposed for the premises, though the site is located near New Jersey Transit bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, Jersey City, and Bayonne. The elevator to the 9th Street/Congress Street stop on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is also roughly a half-mile walk away.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Excellent news. This is probably one of the first large scale brand new buildings on Central Ave in 100 years. Looks like Rent-A- Center at 345 Central has packed up and gone so I assume work should start on the retrofitting of this building soon as well.

    Also, last week, the hideous square aluminum cladding has been removed from 364 Central (next to M Yun) to reveal a stunning Art Deco facade in what I believe is Jerusalem limestone. It’s a real gem. Can’t wait to see the finished restoration.

  2. Hope we will soon know the new location of Griot Cafe. Everything iin that place is good.. love the Griot sandwich and french pastries.

  3. Great design. I like the brick facade with large black windows. Perfect size for that part of town…not towering over the neighborhood.

  4. GROSS GROSS GROSS, this is my neighborhood born and raised and people are being pushed out of their small businesses and from their homes, very sad….

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