Developer Tries Again to Replace Jersey City Heights Church with Condos

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3316 Jfk Boulevard Church Jersey City Heights
Site of proposed development: 3316 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, The Heights, Jersey City. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

Update: As of October 3rd, this development is on the agenda for the October 4th Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting.



Months after the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) denied their initial application, an Essex County company will try again to bring a new development to the site of a church in The Heights.

In a rare move in May, the ZBA voted against Montclair-based Franklin Development Group’s plans to tear down the Jesus the Healer Filipino Church at 3316 John F. Kennedy Boulevard and replace it with a five-story project called The Hudson Condominiums. As we reported at the time, the proposed development at the corner of Sherman Place in Ward D was expected to include 20 condominiums, a rooftop terrace, and a parking garage with 13 spaces.

Hudson Condos 3316 Jfk Boulevard The Heights Jersey City Rendering
Rendering of denied plans. Image via Councilman Yun’s Facebook.

Now, the developer’s latest plan for the site could potentially move forward. The ZBA is scheduled to hear Franklin Development Group’s new application during its meeting on October 4th, according to a legal notice. The company is still planning a five-story building and a 13-space parking garage, but instead of 20 condominiums, 14 are now on the table. Should Preliminary and Final Site Plan approval be granted, each of the units would contain two bedrooms.

City tax records show that the Jesus the Healer Filipino Church still owns the lot and that no permit applications have been filed recently for the site. The property is situated across Kennedy Boulevard from Leonard Gordon Park and there is a Citi Bike station adjacent to the premises.

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