Plans Submitted for Building with Retail Space on Monticello Avenue, Jersey City

170 174 Monticello Ave Jersey City Rendering
Proposed new development at 170-174 Monticello Avenue in Jersey City. Rendering by GRO Architects via the City of Jersey City.

A public hearing regarding a proposal for a five-story development in Jersey City is set to take place this week.

The properties at 170, 172, and 174 Monticello Avenue between McGinley Square and Jackson Hill are where a firm calling itself 170 Monticello, LLC is planning a building with 835 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 22 residential units, according to an application.

170 174 Monticello Ave Jersey City Site
Site of proposed development along Monticello Avenue between McGinley Square and Jackson Hill, Jersey City. Photo via the application.

The development’s ownership disclosure statement form associates Barry Septimus and David Denis with 170 Monticello, LLC. The company is scheduled to go before the Jersey City Planning Board during a virtual meeting on Tuesday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. to seek preliminary and final major site plan approval.

These three parcels, which are situated near Belmont and Gardner avenues, are currently vacant. A mural reading “We Can’t Breathe” was painted in front of the site last year.

170 174 Monticello Ave Jersey City
View toward the development site along Monticello Avenue. Photo via the application.

If approved and constructed, the development would rise 55 feet above the Monticello Avenue corridor and include four studios, four one-bedroom units, and 14 two-bedroom units, the application states.

Site plans from GRO Architects that were released by Jersey City’s municipal government show that a roof deck and 11 bicycle parking spaces would also be included, but that there would be no parking spaces for cars.

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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  1. Yes please! Monticello needs any sort of development with all the empty lots and abandoned storefronts.

    The corner of Monticello and Belmont is a complete disaster where you can find your local drug dealers and addicts congregate in the open drug market. Conveniently, there’s a liquor store right on the corner so they can get nice and toasty before their criminal activities. If you’re lucky enough, you might catch one of their turf wars live.

    Which is kind of surprising given the amount of change in the neighborhood. But maybe more developments like this directly on Monticello will encourage more businesses and generally drive all the cockroaches out of the neighborhood.

  2. Also stop calling everything in this area McGinley Square. This location is in Bergen Hill which is part of Bergen-Lafayette

  3. Nice looking building. Let’s hope this brings more positive development & more positive economic activity to the much needed area.

  4. I agree with @educamate me, However because Google map calls it part of McGinley square, I get where they would get that from.

  5. Ask yourself is this the type of development that will flourish or will it be filled with locals that add little or nothin g to the common good. Monticello Ave at one time was prosperous region in JC. Little or nothing positive has happened along Monticello Avenue in the last fifty or more years. Gentrification is good for everyone that contributes to the common good. Hope this works out for the better.

  6. Apparently it will be filled with people who ride bikes as it is designed without parking spaces. I hope they fit your criteria.


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