As developers continue to hunt for more properties in Jersey City to develop, it has become clear that the favored sites are close to public transportation, business districts, and parks. One site in The Heights where a new project is being proposed checks off all three of these.
This development is planned for 444 Palisade Avenue, just to the north of Griffith Street, in Ward D. Currently, the property, which is located close to Riverview Park, the Riverview Community Garden, the 2nd Street Station on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail in Hoboken, and shops along the Palisade and Central Avenue corridors, contains a historic Victorian mansion with 17 rooms, a studio space, and a backyard.
According to a legal notice released by the City, project planners are seeking to adaptively reuse the front portion of the existing structure and add new construction to the rear and sides to create a three-story multifamily building. When completed, the development would increase nine residential rental units, two of which would contain two bedrooms while the remaining seven would contain three bedrooms. No parking for cars is on the table for the project, but there are plans for five parking spaces for bicycles.
Plans shared by the Riverview Neighborhood Association show that the project is being designed by Hoboken-based Lee Levine Architects, PC, and the existing building dates to 1900. A multistory lobby would also be installed in the new part of the building as part of the proposal.
The developer of the project is 318 Whiton JC, LLC, which is registered out of the Hackensack office of Liquidity Solutions. According to NJ Parcels records, the company acquired the property for $750,000. Now, the organization is seeking Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan for the project with variances for density, use, and signage.
The Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the proposal during its September 7th meeting.