Proposed ‘Verge’ Building Could Bring 36 Units, Commercial Space to MLK Drive, Jersey City

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Proposed design for the Verge at 543 Martin Luther King Drive, Jersey City. Rendering by Devino Architects + Associates via the City of Jersey City.

Members of the public are expected to be able to get a chance to weigh in this week regarding a mixed-use development proposal involving two properties in Jersey City’s Jackson Hill neighborhood.

An application that was sent to Jersey City’s municipal government shows that a five-story building with 36 residential units and 4,439 square feet of commercial space is being planned by 543 MLK Drive, LLC for 541 and 543-547 Martin Luther King Drive.

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Verge, east elevation. Rendering by Devino Architects + Associates via the City of Jersey City.

The site is located between Communipaw and Bramhall Avenues, a few yards away from the Jersey City Police Department’s West District headquarters.

Site plans from Devino Architects + Associates brand this project as “Verge” and indicate that there would be a mixture of one-bedroom and two-bedroom units along with a roof deck, bike storage area, and fitness center.

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Verge, north elevation. Rendering by Devino Architects + Associates via the City of Jersey City.

The developer’s application does not indicate plans for “affordable housing units” or parking.

An ownership disclosure form released by the City of Jersey City associates 543 MLK Drive, LLC with Abraham Stark and Menachem Hoffman. The company’s request for preliminary and final major site plan approval with a height variance is scheduled to be heard by the Jersey City Planning Board during a Zoom meeting that is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to go before the Jersey City Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.


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  1. Great news, I’m so happy to see the area getting developed, the neighborhood is getting transformed for the better.

  2. Very nice design!

    Hope it brings new housing inventory to the area & revives the commercial corridor with additional commerce to support appealing & healthy cafes & restaurants.

  3. Those building is not being builded for people of color. We can not afford the rent they are charging. What about the seniors in this city. No one building any new buildings for them.

  4. It is unfortunate that these Zoom meetings are scheduled for 5:30 pm when many people are not yet home from work. Sadly, this edition of Jersey Digs hit my inbox a day late for the March 23rd meeting.
    No parking and high rent. I’m going to guess it got the stamp of approval.

  5. Anybody else think some of these comments are suspicious? Like maybe the same person is writing several of the positive ones? I’m in favor of this building but several comments above seem a bit too similar.

  6. Tom & Chad, you know nothing of that neighborhood. Why regurgitate tired old tropes about neighborhoods whose diversity you seem to be uncomfortable with but are happy to trot out the same tired old comments and assumptions. Anything positive you can think of about a neighborhood that is improving in livability, safety and services? C’mon, it won’t hurt.


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