As first reported by Jersey City Upfront, GothamWest has presented a proposal for a new project at 156-166 Brunswick Street in the Village. Designed by Michels & Waldron Associates, the project proposes two new buildings separated by an existing alleyway. One building will rise 6 stories and house 19 units, and the other rises 5 stories with 17 units. Duplex units will span the top two floors of each building.
Because of flooding requirements, the buildings will be raised up and the ground floor will house parking for the building. Michels & Waldron designed the building such that the 19 parking spaces are accessed via the alleyway, making valuable use of the existing easement. Skirting the building is a 6’ stone wall that mimics the stone work on the embankment a block away.
Last week at the Village Neighborhood Association (VNA) meeting, residents raised concern about the height of the building. However, Nima Nili of GothamWest pointed out how the tops floors are recessed back to help lessen the impact on the streetscape. Other than that, the project was fairly well received. Nili hopes to make the units rentals but that may change depending on financing availability.
The project spans the corner of 5th Street and Brunswick where Madame Claudes is currently located. Madame Claude has plans to relocate into White Eagle Hall, the theatre building on Newark Ave which is currently undergoing extensive renovation by Ben LoPiccolo Development Group.
GothamWest has indicated plans to reincorporate the “Brunswick Window” into the new project. A new restaurant space is also planned in the existing Madame Claude location.
[gmap height=”250px”]156 Brunswick Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302[/gmap]
156 Brunswick Street, Jersey City, NJ, 07302