Liberty Harbor’s 333 Grand Street Argues to Keep Unapproved 13th Floor

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333 Grand Street, Jersey City.

One of Jersey City’s more prominent developers will be going back before the planning board this week to ask if they can keep an extra floor that they constructed without approvals.

333 Grand Street LLC, the company behind the 221-unit building at the same address, has been leasing to tenants for many months now. But last year, officials in Jersey City chastised the developer for not following approved plans when the building was constructed.


Rules broken by 333 Grand Street include their addition of rear-facing bay windows, added balconies that are three feet larger than allowed, an added swimming pool, and the use of an exterior insulation and finish system that’s banned under current regulations. The developer was fined $582,000 for deviating from the plans by the city, who also ordered they demolish the top floor of the structure.

However, 333 Grand Street has submitted a site plan amendment application to the city’s planning board they hope will allow them to keep the top floor. The application argues that the top floor is an “expanded attic” and meets the definition of such under requirements set by the area’s Liberty Harbor North Redevelopment Plan.


“The current attic is therefore conforming” as long as it remains vacant according to the application, which lists the building as being 12 stories plus an attic. It remains to be seen if the board will be receptive to that interpretation, but the developer of 333 Grand Street, Peter Mocco, is no stranger to seeking modifications on projects that have already been built.

Last year, the Mocco-owned 245 Newark Avenue also went before the planning board seeking a site plan amendment despite the fact that much of the building was already constructed. That development rose higher than what was approved, used different façade materials, and added mezzanines on the first and fifth stories of the structure.

Work stalled on the development after it was discovered that it was not constructed in accordance with approvals obtained in 2015. But with few options on a building that was mostly complete, the planning board ended up approving the changes after carrying the application through several meetings. 245 Newark Avenue started leasing earlier this year.

The amendments Mocco is seeking for 333 Grand Street were scheduled to be heard during the planning board’s October 15 meeting, held in the Council Chambers at 280 Grove Street starting at 5:30 p.m.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the follow-up on this, do we know the result of the meeting? Enough is enough with this untrustworthy developer, they need to force him to demolish or this will continue. That “attic” looks absolutely hideous from the front, ruining an otherwise unique and beautiful design.

  2. This guy needs to be banned from ever developing or building anything again in Jersey City (or anywhere that cares about ethics)… how many times can Jersey City be kicked in the ass by this man before saying ENOUGH?

      • What are you the Pete Mocco troll? I’m sure it will get approved since JC is corrupt but he shouldn’t be allowed to build another building in JC.

      • So you think it’s OK for him to use a ‘fine’ to excuse his illegal actions? He won’t even feel that pathetic fine vs what he earns out of that project. He should never be allowed to develop in the city again since he does not care at all for regulations.

        • What did he do that was *illegal* ? Code violations? Like using STUCCO instead of BRICK ?? Omg ! That’s so like really BAD!!……..He definitely needs to serve a long stretch in prison for that!

  3. Answer to how many times? As many and as much as he will give . Good friends with current administration even allows Mayor, council members, free use of his Zeppelin Hall digs for fundraisers and parties

  4. Mocco has done a great job at building a beautiful community in Jersey City. He may not always wait for a plan approval to go through before building because these people that have to approve take their time and are looking to find any excuse to delay the start of a job. Fine Mocco and move on. My mom has a house she has been waiting months to rennovate but can’t because the approval board keeps dilly dallying around. Time is money and if he is adding into the city by bringing in a beautiful building with beautiful amenities that the community can use then why are you all hating on him?!

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