Two properties near the border of the Journal Square and Heights neighborhoods of Jersey City could be redeveloped.
Currently, three buildings stand at 622 and 624 Summit Avenue between Hoboken Avenue and Route 139 in Ward C’s Journal Square 2060 Redevelopment Plan Area, including multifamily homes. One of the structures is set back from the roadway behind another building and there is also a small parking area on the premises.
However, the properties could soon be unrecognizable if this new proposal moves forward. According to a legal notice released on January 13th by the city, a developer is planning to construct a mixed-use development on both sites that would be nine stories tall. If the building is approved, the notice states that it would contain 34 residential units as well as commercial, retail, and office space.
Few other details about the project have been released, and the redeveloper of the properties is simply named House, LLC. The company has applied to the Jersey City Planning Board for Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan Approval, according to the notice, and is requesting variances for the overall height, number of stories, and floor-to-floor height in connection with the proposed structure.
House, LLC will go before the Board during its meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, January 23rd at 5:30pm.
One reason why these properties were selected is likely because of their central location. They are within a stone’s throw of the Five Corners Branch of the Jersey City Free Public Library as well as stops on New Jersey Transit buses 82, 83, 87, 88, and 119 to Exchange Place, Hoboken, Hackensack, Bayonne, and New York. Plus, the Five Corners business district is just a block away and the Journal Square PATH Station is less than a half-mile from the site, which is adjacent to the old Pete & Ted’s Bar and Grill building.
New construction has been ongoing recently throughout this community, but this block had seen few signs of it so far until now. The sole exception has been a few doors down from these properties at 628 Summit Avenue, where a four-story building with residential and retail space was constructed around three years ago. NJ Parcels data shows the company that owns 628 Summit Avenue is registered out of the same Monroe Township, Middlesex County McMansion as the LLC that owns 624 Summit Avenue.