Affordable Housing Planned for Historic Bergen-Lafayette Townhouse

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jersey city affordable housing 24 monticello ave
24 Monticello Ave | Credit: Google Maps

According to documents from the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, the four-story brownstone at 24 Monticello Avenue, just off of Bramhall Avenue in Ward F, is slated to be rehabilitated into six residential rental units.

CAPC NJ Asset Stabilization Fund #1, LLC, which is affiliated with New Jersey Community Capital’s Community Asset Preservation Corporation (CAPC), is listed as the project developer. The organization is planning to reserve the units for at least 15 years for “households who qualify as low or moderate income,” which, based on the standard from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, is 50-80% of the area’s median income. Funding from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Neighborhood Enhancement Program will be sought for the project.

According to records from the DCA, the brownstone was built in 1870, and during the rehabilitation, the entire structure will be gutted. The project was designed by Jersey City-based C+C Architecture. Sheetrock, kitchen appliances, new windows, exterior siding, and more will be installed. The roof will also be repaired. When complete, according to the DCA records, a kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, and living space are planned for each unit.

The CAPC is responsible for several other projects across the region, including the proposed rehabilitation of the former Saint Michael’s Hospital in Newark into educational and art space, the All Saints Condominiums in a former Jersey City catholic school, and the Lincoln Park Condominiums in Newark.

The building, which is owned by the JCRA, has been vacant for at least a decade. The 0.041-acre site is within walking distance from New Jersey Transit bus service, Arlington Park, and the Martin Lither King, Jr. Drive Station on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. All for affordable housing but how about not in beautiful, historic brownstones? That building should be renovated into single family or max 2 fam. Not cut up into 6 apartments.

  2. This is a great use of a derelict property. It’s nice to see a property set aside for people who aren’t getting tax breaks on million dollar condos. Now what about home ownership support for the low and middle income residents of Jersey City?

    When are those banks going to pay their debt to the American people?

    • sadly, the banks will probably never pay their debts to the people. there’s little to no support for low and middle income in JC. that trend will continue, unfortunately.

  3. Nooooooooooo I own a property next to this one and the building Infront are all low income. You should take a drive by any day of the week. This block looks like what Duncan project use to look like. Drugs, addicts people drinking loud radio shootings. Out of control. Why dint they do that in downtown.

  4. I’m guessing the city choose this block for low income the problem is that the people who paid la lots of money for they property don’t get to enjoy it.

  5. I read the documents and one say 6 units while the other says 3 units. Monticello Avenue is only zone for 1-3 families no more. I hope they keep the historic details of the house.

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