Five-Story Building Could Replace Vacant Newark Avenue Lot

235 Newark Avenue Jersey City
Site of proposed development: 235 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

While PATH trains continue to be packed at rush hour, thousands of additional units have been approved for properties within walking distance of the 111-year-old transit system’s stations in Jersey City, Harrison, and Newark. However, amid the recent increase in population and development in all three municipalities, plenty of undeveloped lots remain not far from PATH stops and new projects are continuing to be proposed for these types of properties. Now, a new mixed-use project is in the works for a vacant lot a few blocks west of Jersey City’s Grove Street PATH station.

A public notice shows that a Jersey City developer is planning a five-story building for the long-vacant property at 235 Newark Avenue near the corner of Coles Street. The tract, which stretches back to 1st Street, was once used as a parking lot. Now, a 5th Street-based company simply known as 233-237 Newark Ave, LLC would like to construct 16 residential units on the property. The first floor would contain commercial and retail space, according to the notice. Should the building be approved, most residents would likely rely on public transportation such as PATH or New Jersey Transit bus service since only four parking spaces would be provided on site.

The site sits in the Village Redevelopment Plan Area between the new 245 Newark development and Star Cleaners. It is a little over a block from where the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall now ends. 233-237 Newark Ave, LLC currently owns the premises, acquiring the tract from Dr. Lawrence Petracco for $1.5 million in 2017, according to NJ Parcels.

An application has been submitted by the developer to the Jersey City Planning Board in conjunction with this project. The request for Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan approval is slated to go before the board during its meeting on Tuesday, January 22, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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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  1. PATH is not only packed at rush hour. It’s packed pretty much all day long every day and has been for years.
    Around lunch hour is the only time there is any elbow room. It won’t be long before they have subway packers
    pushing guys into one car and ladies into another. But if you build it I’m sure they will come.

      • “Better” ? That’s a relative statement. Comparing PATH/ MTA is like comparing dry dirt vs wet dirt. Besides which do you really think some one who buys a 4million $ condo in NYC actually rides the subway? Most of those people don’t even LIVE in those buildings.

        • Anyone working on Wallstreet/ WTC does…
          Let’s not forget, MTA is the best form of transportation in NYC. It has many issues for sure, however path has similar issues, however it’s by far better! Clean. On schedule, Not packed (only an issue during rush hour)
          The Path is everything what the MTA promises to be…

    • As anyone who has lived here for a while knows the only solution is a new tunnel. Christie killed the project when he was governor and Trump, so far, has been reluctant to pony up federal money. Cost estimate is 10 to 14 billion. Doubt if that includes payoffs, kickbacks or hand jobs under the table.


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