The western fringes of The Village neighborhood of Jersey City’s Ward E are continuing to see a transition from being a largely industrial and commercial area into a residential community, prompting an increasing number of property owners to sell or redevelop their land. The latest example of this can be seen at 333 Newark Avenue, between 4th Street and Merseles Street, where plans have been revealed for a new mixed-use project in this Neighborhood Commercial Zone.
According to City records, a company is planning to construct a four-story building with 18 residential units. The development’s first floor will contain a commercial space as well as a mezzanine. BLDG 333 Newark LLC, which was registered with the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services out of Jersey City in 2015, applied for Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan Approval for the project, which was granted by the Jersey City Planning Board during its meeting on May 30th.
Ben LoPiccolo Development Group’s website features a rendering for the building, and states that the commercial space will be 2,400 square feet.
The property is a small narrow lot sandwiched between a four-story house described by The Jersey Journal as a “secret urban palace” and the building containing White Eagle Hall and the Jersey City Theater Center. Currently, the site contains a one-story garage that is owned by Frank Restivo, according to NJ Parcels records.
The area is served by NJ Transit Buses 80, 82, and 86 to Union City, Exchange Place, Journal Square, and Weehawken, and is within walking distance of the Grove Street PATH Station, as well as Mary Benson Park.