Proposal Could Bring Residences, Two Eateries to Jersey City’s Monitor Street

62 68 Monitor Street Jersey City
Proposed preservation and expansion of 62-68 Monitor Street in Bergen-Lafayette, Jersey City. Rendering by GRT Architects.

A century-old warehouse that falls inside a booming stretch of Bergen-Lafayette could soon be reborn as a mixed-use development that aims to create some street life with a sizable retail component.

Last month, the Morris Canal Community Development Corporation held a virtual meeting and reviewed a proposal from Fields Development Group. The company is looking to revitalize an industrial property at 62-68 Monitor Street that was most recently home to a shop that sold signs and custom metals at the road’s corner with Maple Street.

62 68 Monitor Street Jersey City Current
62-68 Monitor Street, currently. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

Located just across the way from the recently completed 100 Monitor Street, Fields is looking to partially demolish but mostly preserve the one-story warehouse while adding a vertical expansion that rises 78 feet. Designed by Brooklyn-based GRT Architects, the first floor of the six-story development would include five parking spaces and two commercial storefronts totaling 3,040 square feet.

A café and restaurant are envisioned at the spaces, which would be separated by a double-height lobby space that keeps the existing gable roof at the warehouse intact. The residential entrance would be accessed via a new ramp that would essentially retrofit the property to current ADA requirements.

62 68 Monitor Street Jersey City Detail
Retail on either side of the double-height lobby. Rendering by GRT Architects.

The remainder of the development would consist of 39 residential units that break down as five studios, 18 one-bedrooms, 12 two-bedrooms, and four three-bedroom spaces. Three of the living spaces would be designated as affordable housing units set aside for those with moderate incomes.

In terms of the property’s restoration, bricked-up openings at the current building will be restored with new windows. Exterior brick will be restored and painted white at the development, which will additionally utilize some black metal components in keeping with the area’s industrial history.

62 68 Monitor Street Jersey City From Maple Street
The proposed design of 62-68 Monitor Street, Jersey City. Rendering by GRT Architects.

Amenities at the proposed project include a bicycle parking room with space for 20 bikes, a 1,184-square-foot gym, a second-floor club room, and a 2,558-square-foot roof deck. An application prepared by the company states that the development will not be requesting any variances from existing zoning.

62 68 Monitor Street Jersey City Ground Floor
62-68 Monitor Street, ground-floor plan. Rendering by GRT Architects.

This stretch of Bergen-Lafayette has undergone quite the transformation in recent years, with large apartment complexes like the Solaris Lofts and Garabrant replacing vacant lots at a rapid pace. The neighborhood could be getting its first proper high-rise in the near future, as a 24-story tower with 169 rental units is in the works for a Johnston Avenue parcel near Liberty State Park.


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  1. Amazing stuff, love everything about this, specially the developer agreeing to preserve some of the historic building. Also adding 2 restaurant spaces is fantastic. Easy approval, although the NIMBY hounds are out full force in this area.

    But they are mostly attacking The Junction as they battle any sort development in that area. They’ve prevented the mostly run down area from making any progress, the area still covered with bums and drug addicts. But over time that’s a losing battle as we are slowly seeing some progress and as Lafayette continues to rapidly develop, it’s just a matter of time the NIMBYS get squashed like the cockroaches that they are. They can’t imagine a life where they’re not cheaply living in filth.

  2. That triangular facade looked stupid a 100 years ago. It still looks stupid. It’s completely out of alignment, and proportion, with the left and right sides of the building.

  3. Just because a building is old doesn’t mean it’s worth saving. That warehouse is hideous and should be demolished. The new building rendering is therefore also hideous. Raze it and build something beautiful, which is not this. BTW I guess DazedAndConfused watches Shark Tank.

  4. What this rendering does not capture is the existing residential buildings on the other three corners. A 4th building at this height will block a ton of sunlight and the intersection of Monitor and Maple is going to become very dark. 295J/ Solaris/ Bela residents who are currently able to enjoy some daytime sun (and somewhat of a view) will be living in a very dark existence. I love the conversion of the existing warehouse to retail. That is much needed as this neighborhood is a food desert. The residents of this building will also be looking directly into apartments at the other 3 buildings. Bring the height elsewhere.


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