Plan to Turn Old Bayonne School into Residential Development Awaits Approval

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The proposed residential conversion of The School of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Bayonne. Rendering by DAL Design Group via the City of Bayonne.

Dozens of people might once again regularly walk in and out of the building in Bayonne that includes the words “School of Our Lady of Mount Carmel” on its facade, but they would not be returning there each day to report to class.


The former school, which is located between Broadway and the 22nd Street Hudson-Bergen Light Rail stop, is slated to be converted into a residential development.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 15 East 22nd Street, Bayonne. Photo via the City of Bayonne.

During its virtual meeting on Tuesday, May 11, at 6:00 p.m., the Bayonne Planning Board is scheduled to hear an application by 22nd Street Partners Urban Renewal, LLC that calls for bringing 31 residential units to the property.

The plan, which is illustrated in renderings from DAL Design Group that were released by Bayonne’s municipal government, involves adaptively reusing the existing four-story edifice, adding part of a fifth floor, and constructing a parking garage behind the building, according to the developer’s application.

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The proposed design plan. Rendering by DAL Design Group via the City of Bayonne.

A May 5th memo from Consulting City Planner Malvika Apte says that there would be 22 one-bedroom units, nine two-bedroom units, a lounge for residents, a fitness center, a bicycle storage room, a roof terrace, and 31 parking spaces, “28 of which will be stacked/mechanical in an automatic vehicle parking system.”

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The proposed design plan. Rendering by DAL Design Group via the City of Bayonne.

22nd Street Partners Urban Renewal, LLC’s application materials indicate that preliminary and final major site plan approval will be sought and that Mitchell and Yakov Burakovsky each “own 10% or more of an interest in the applicant entity.”

The Jersey Journal reported last year in advance of a Bayonne City Council redevelopment plan vote that the building dates back to 1921 and that the school closed in 2008.

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

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Why? There needs to be more schools in Bayonne, the ones now are too overcrowded. Building more apartments won’t fix that issue either.

    Yes, I understand there are “plans” for some of the other old schools to be repurposed as schools, but we’ve heard this before.

  2. Sounds like you have a grievance with the school board. Better to have the former private school building put to productive use than sit vacant and blighted.

  3. Ridiculous, when are they going to start making more schools? All they keep doing is making residential and condos and not thinking about all the kids that are coming in with those residents or even about the kids that are already in Bayonne.

  4. In stead of building apartments all over Bayonne fix the streets that the residents have to drive on, that’s what needed no housing, there’s no where to park now, it crazy. The downtown Broadway is madness, the old trolley rails are exposed, but no one is addressing that. You have to drive zigzag to try & miss all the crackers, no one is addressing that. The city will redo 2-3 blocks, then leave the rest broken up. Broadway & 54 was done, maybe 3-4 years ago, it’s all potholes again. What kind of materials are they using. Who wants to move to a city with potholes throughout & no where to park. Just saying. It’s always about the $$$$$.

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