The three-story brick building at 409-413 Ocean Avenue, between Woodlawn Avenue and Armstrong Avenue in Ward A’s Ocean/Bayview Redevelopment Plan Area, is slated to be rehabilitated. According to a legal notice, the new proposal by 409-413 Ocean Avenue, LLC calls for converting the structure into a mixed-use building with 16 residential units and retail and commercial space on the ground floor. The applicant is seeking a deviation for relief from the maximum permitted building coverage, in addition to preliminary and final major site plan approval.
Over the years, the building, which according to NJ Parcels records, was acquired by the Flatlands, Brooklyn-based developer for $650,000 in March 2016, has been used for a variety of purposes. In recent years, the building was home to the Thessalonians Community Outreach Church and Food Pantry, which closed in 2015 when its lease expired. The Reformed Church of the Living God, the New Jersey Acme Carpet and Rug Cleaning Company, and Atlas Novelty Company also previously occupied the building. However, a ‘ghost sign’ atop the building indicates that it once contained a warehouse.
Should the project be approved, residents of the building would be within walking distance of Bayside Park, the Greenville Branch of the Jersey City Free Public Library, and the Richard Street Station on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail. The area is also served by NJ Transit’s 6 and 81 buses to Bayonne, Exchange Place, and Journal Square.