Development Proposal Calls for 19 Units Near McGinley Square

227 Summit Avenue Jersey City
Site of proposed development: 227 Summit Avenue, McGinley Square, Jersey City. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

Two tracts in a Jersey City neighborhood that sit in the shadow of The Beacon could themselves become home to a multi-family development as part of a firm’s new plan.

A development company calling itself Howell Complex Investments, LLC has filed an application with City Hall that calls for building a new residential project at 227 Summit Avenue and neighboring 18 Orchard Street that would be 55 feet tall. The properties, which are located southeast of McGinley Square between Maiden Lane and Crawford Street, currently contain a two-family house and a small parking area. The home would be torn down to make way for the building.

Under the proposal, the latest in an area where multiple developments have been proposed over the last few years, the building would include a total of 19 units. It is not clear yet how many bedrooms would be included in each unit nor is it known how the apartments would be priced. However, the legal notice states that there are plans for nine spaces to be provided on site. Additionally, the notice mentions that the Orchard Street side of the building is expected to be five stories tall while the Summit Avenue side would rise four stories above the sidewalk.

Howell Complex Investments was formed out of Jersey City in January 2018, according to the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services directory, but city tax records list Diomedes Martinez as the owner of the two properties.

The plans need to be approved by the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment in order to move forward since Howell Complex Investments has applied for both Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan approval. Variances are being sought for use and height, per the notice. A hearing has been scheduled during the board’s meeting on Thursday, May 23, at 6:30 p.m.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment and other commissions are subject to change.



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