Development May Replace Industrial Site near Lafayette Park, Jersey City

399 Halladay Street Jersey City Proposed Development
Site of proposed development: 399 Halladay Street in Bergen-Lafayette, Jersey City. Photo courtesy Weckenmann Architecture.

An industrial building that has likely stood in Jersey City’s Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood for more than a century could be torn down and replaced with a new six-story development.

A developer submitted plans to Jersey City’s municipal government calling for the construction of a building with 24 residential units at 399 Halladay Street, also known as 401 Halladay Street. The property is located near Johnston Avenue and Lafayette Park.

If approved, the development would contain eight studios, 10 one-bedroom units, five two-bedroom units, and one three-bedroom unit, according to an application. Two of the units would reportedly be designated as “affordable.”

399 Halladay Street Jersey City Rendering
Proposed design of 399 Halladay Street, Jersey City. Photo courtesy Weckenmann Architecture.

Site plans from Weckenmann Architecture indicate that a roof deck, small parking garage, fitness center, and bike storage room would be included.

Documents submitted to the City of Jersey City associate the developer, 399 Halliday St, LLC, with 199 Lee Avenue, an address in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that is used by a number of landlords.

Menachem Hoffman is identified in a disclosure statement as owning 100 percent of the LLC, which is seeking preliminary and final major site plan approval with height and building coverage variances.

A February Department of City Planning report estimated that the existing industrial building on the premises was built between 1900 and 1905 and was once a storage building for a furniture company. In more recent years, the 401 Halladay Street address has been used by Feldman Stained Glass.

“The building appears to have integrity of location, but integrity of design, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association have been compromised with its modification in use and modern replacement materials,” the report says, noting that “the building does not appear to meet enough criterion for historic, architectural, or cultural significance.”

A hearing on the matter is scheduled to take place during the Jersey City Planning Board’s meeting on Tuesday, November 23, but according to the agenda, a request has been made to move the hearing to the board’s December 7 meeting.

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


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