Residential and Religious Development Might Replace Jersey City Church

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Proposed mixed-use development at 129 Linden Avenue in Greenville, Jersey City. Rendering courtesy Strekte Corp.

A Jersey City church could be torn down and a six-story development with a myriad of uses would be built in its place should a new proposal continue to advance.


Jersey City’s municipal government received application materials from Brooklyn-based Strekte Corp. that involve A Better Life Ministry’s property at 129 Linden Avenue in Greenville near Old Bergen Road.

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Site of proposed development. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

The development firm wants to remove the existing one-story building on the premises in order to create the new complex, which would include 110 residential units, 56 parking spaces, a house of worship, a daycare facility, and more, according to a principal points statement.

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Aerial view of site via the application.

The application lists that there would be 15 studios, 38 one-bedroom units, 48 two-bedroom units, seven three-bedroom units, and two units with at least four bedrooms. The document also indicates that no “affordable housing units” would be created.

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Site of proposed development. Map courtesy Dresdner Robin.

Architectural plans released by the City of Jersey City illustrate that two towers, connected by the first floor of the building and a rooftop bridge, are planned as part of the project. An exercise room and a roof terrace would also be included.

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Rendering courtesy Strekte Corp.

A December 2020 affidavit of performance shows that Jevah Richardson, the pastor of A Better Life Ministry, authorized the developer’s application while an ownership disclosure statement associates Mark Rigerman, Paul Jensen, and Shimon Jacobwitz with Strekte.

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Rendering courtesy Strekte Corp.

Strekte’s request for preliminary and final major site plan approval with variances such as use and height is scheduled to go before the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment during a virtual meeting on Thursday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment and other commissions are subject to change.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Having grown up on Lembeck I am somewhat familiar with the proposed location. I believe there is (was a cemetery there that was either long forgotten or abandoned. It would be a real shame to destroy the eternal rest of the departed and further investigation should be done. Gone are the family or friends of this buried there.

  2. Why are there NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING available for a Development Of this size. There are very few available in Jersey City now. What is the point? Oh, I get it, let’s move all people out of this city that don’t make 6 figures or more. The Mayor and City Council should be ashamed of themselves!!!

  3. no affordable housing in an area where there’s nothing but affordable housing is a slap in the face and a sign of what they are planning for the area. it’s pathetic.

    in the meantime I hope the lost hipster transplants that move there enjoy the rooftop views of the violence down below.

  4. This is not for jersey City residents it’s shame how these New York developers are able to come here d what they want how they want it when they want it without any regards for jersey City people were most of us lived our whole life!

  5. We all know the plan is to rid Greenville long time poor and middle income residence out of the city. This is done by increased taxes and elevated rents for apartment dwellers.
    Who are basically the minority
    Groups of the area.

  6. It is so sad how Jersey City officials has allowed developers to come in and build and they are telling you upfront that there will be not ONE affordable housing and the officials
    agree to it. They are really pushing Jersey Citians out, with all this expensive rent. Oh how time has brought on changes, and a church is part of this sheraid, Where are folks heart, if they have one Sad and disappointed.

  7. It’s sad that we are more concerned with financial gain that the souls of the people. This location when first purchased by Pastor Roderick Allen and True Vine Life Center purpose was to better the community and help the less fortunate. Fast forward to the “new” owners Better Life Min. they are selling out for a Pay Day. God help us!!!!

  8. Well how about all the old churches and schools that
    Have closed but they remain tax exempt? why is that allowed. Saint Anthony’s High school and Saint Aloysius Academy both of them are prime real estates
    location.

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