Mixed-Use Development Proposed for United Way Site on Bergen Avenue, Jersey City

855 857 Bergen Avenue Redevelopment Jersey City
Proposed redevelopment: 855-857 Bergen Avenue between McGinley Square and Journal Square, Jersey City. Renderings via the plan released by the City of Jersey City.

A company is seeking to redevelop two adjacent properties between Journal Square and McGinley Square in Jersey City that have served as a non-profit hub into a mixed-use complex.

The Jersey City Planning Board has a pending application from Stonebridge Capital, LLC involving 855 and 857 Bergen Avenue in Ward C. The application calls for clearing the existing office building on the premises and renovating the four-story building in order to create a new five-story development, according to a notice of hearing.

The application states 1,305 square feet of retail space and 51 residential units are planned, with 37 of the units being studios and 12 containing one bedroom. There would also be a two-bedroom unit and a three-bedroom unit, but no “affordable housing units” would be created, according to the application.

Site plans from Marchetto Higgins Stieve illustrate that the building would include a fitness area, a patio, and a roof deck with an amenity area.

Documents released by Jersey City’s municipal government regarding this proposal link Stonebridge Capital, LLC with addresses in Hoboken, Union City, and Manhattan. An affidavit of performance and a disclosure statement associate Shai S. Turner with the company.

Municipal tax filings list United Way of Hudson County as the owner of 855 Bergen Avenue while United Community Fund of J.C. is named as the owner of neighboring 857 Bergen Avenue. United Way of Hudson County lists its address as 857 Bergen Avenue.

Metropolitan Family Health Network operated a center within 857 Bergen Avenue until recently, but the group’s website states that the location closed on the last day of 2020 and that “the healthcare providers and staff members who cared for patients at Bergen Avenue will continue care at the Garfield Avenue site.” The website also notes that the organization intends to open a new location in 2021.

Stonebridge Capital, LLC’s application for preliminary and final major site plan approval was scheduled to go before the Jersey City Planning Board during its meeting on January 19, but according to the agenda, this item and three others are being carried to the meeting on February 2.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Jersey City Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.


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