Since the opening of Berry Lane Park last year, Ward F is suddenly attracting more developers to this corner of Jersey City. In fact, plans are underway for a new mixed-use development directly across the street from the 17-acre facility, which includes a baseball diamond, tennis and basketball courts, a skate park, a spray park, a playground and a dog run, all of which were built at the site of industrial properties.
The new development is planned for 975 Garfield Avenue, between Bramhall Avenue and Union Street, in the growing Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood. It’s slated to be five stories tall and will include 99 residential units, 1,172 square feet of amenities space, retail and commercial space on the ground floor, and 50 parking spaces, according to reports from the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency. However, the area redevelopment plan currently has an allowance of just three stories, the documents state, which would need to be increased.
Ryms Realty, Inc., based out of the same address as Read Property Group in Brooklyn’s Borough Park neighborhood, is the property owner and project developer. Buffalo Rising reports that Read is responsible for developments across the East Coast. Ryms was designated by the JCRA as the property redeveloper last summer.
A potential rendering of the project, found on LWDMR Architects’ website, shows an industrial loft-style brick building with full-glass retail spaces on the ground level along Garfield Avenue.
Currently, the property contains buildings used by D&Z Auto Body as a used car dealership and auto service center. The block is served NJ Transit’s Bus 6, and the Garfield Avenue Station on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is just a block away.