Residential Development may Replace House near Jersey City’s Lincoln Park

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The design of a proposed development near Lincoln Park in Jersey City. Rendering via the City of Jersey City.

A developer is looking to tear down a long-standing house near Lincoln Park in Jersey City and construct a five-story residential development in its place.


Jersey City’s municipal government has received plans that show that the proposed project with 32 residential units would be constructed at 127 Delaware Avenue. The application describes a development with 11 one-bedroom units, 17 two-bedroom units, four three-bedroom units, and 31 parking spaces at the 12,920-square-foot lot.

Site plans from Inglese Architecture + Engineering that were released by the City of Jersey City indicate that an “amenity terrace” and an “amenity room” are envisioned for the building’s fifth floor.

A 2019 letter from Jersey City Historic Preservation Specialist Jacob Collins noted that a 1938 document mentioned that the existing house on the premises dates back to around 1887, but Collins wrote that “the building does not possess significant integrity to prevent its demolition.” This estimate means the house’s construction appears to predate the opening of the park.

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Site of proposed development: 127 Delaware Avenue, Jersey City. Photo via the application.

Two residential units are expected to be demolished with no “affordable housing units” being created as part of the project, according to the application. In addition to the house, the property includes multiple garages.

The application was submitted by LCM OP 217 Delaware, LLC, which has a listed address in a Somerset County suburb. A principal points statement says that the company is seeking preliminary and final major site plan approval with variances for use, height, and number of stories.

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South elevation via the application.

This proposal is scheduled to be discussed by the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment during a virtual public meeting on Thursday, May 27, at 6:30 p.m., according to a notice of hearing.

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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5 COMMENTS

  1. The existing house is ugly as he11 and what this article fails to mention is that the proposed structure is of the same mass and height as the building immediately across the street and two more apartment buildings immediately adjacent to it which are actually closer to the park than this one. The proposed building better fits the character of the immediate vicinity than does the existing ugly ass house. Plus it adds more housing supply to a city and nation which desperately needs more housing stock. Get outta here with that historic BS for this garbage house. BTW I have no skin in the game except I’m a YIMBY. Peace.

  2. Agreed, Joe.

    Wayne: the article says 32 units and 31 parking spaces, which is more parking than the current proportion of car-free JC households merits (let alone what we should be targeting going forward).

    The irony is: making it easier for people to go car-free is the best thing for people that actually need cars. The existing cars in JC simply do not fit (let alone adding ≈1 car per new home that is built), and no amount of road-widening or parking construction will fix that.

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