A peculiar set of lots that don’t quite fit in with their row house-heavy surroundings could be getting a major facelift, as a new infill development has been drawn up to replace a previously approved project on a historic block.
The properties in question have an official address of 830-834 Park Avenue. Currently, the land contains three residential buildings, two of which are multi-family houses that date to 1885. The other is a small single-family home that was built in 1920 and a surface parking lot that fronts the sidewalk.
Back in September 2017, plans for a four-story building with eight units and no parking were approved with no variances, but that project never moved forward. The land has now been taken over by a company called BC2 Park Ventures, which is a subsidiary of Chillemi Construction. They have been investing in Hoboken quite a bit in recent years, with their biggest project at 401 Jackson Street undergoing demolition and looking like it will be breaking ground soon.
Back on Park Avenue, Chillemi has worked with Hoboken-based Nastasi Architects on a five-story development including eight three-bedroom residential units along with seven parking spaces. The development would combine the three lots and demolish everything currently on the property, replacing it with a brand new building.
The development’s first floor will feature the garage spaces, a lobby, a bicycle parking area, an elevator, and a common yard space in the back of the building that will be landscaped. 830 Park Avenue’s remaining four floors will house two units each, with the penthouse units each sporting a 504-square-foot private roof deck. An extensive green roof with sedum trays and an underground water detention tank are also included in the plans.
The plan would remove the parking area and require relatively minor variances for lot coverage (65% where 60% is allowed), building height (43 feet where 40 are allowed), and lower roof deck setbacks. In addition, another variance would be needed for parking, as no spaces are required under current R-1 zoning and the development would provide seven.
Testimony was taken on the project during the planning board’s Subdivision and Site Plan meeting on April 10, where the application was unanimously accepted as complete.