Proposal Could Bring Residential Development to Bayonne Church Site

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Sites of proposed residential developments along Avenue E, Bayonne. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

Two new residential buildings in Bayonne could be constructed directly across the street from one another.

The southern Hudson County city’s latest development proposal calls for two six-story structures to be constructed at 306-322 and 317 Avenue E, at the corner of East 25th Street. Should the plans be approved, the building at 306-322 Avenue E would include 67 units, according to a legal notice from the City of Bayonne’s Planning Board. The development’s bottom two floors would be reserved for parking, with 69 spaces provided for cars and 40 stalls for bicycles. A stone’s throw away at 317 Avenue E, the proposed building would also include two floors of parking, but would offer 101 spaces for cars and 50 bike stalls. The entrance to the parking garage would be on East 25th Street. Meanwhile, 95 residential units would occupy the upper floors of the building, according to the notice.

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The parking lot site at 306-322 Avenue E, Bayonne. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

The developers, listed as Robert M. Kaye and Angelo Del Russo, are seeking Preliminary and Final Major Site Plan approval with permission for a “minor subdivision of the property abutting land owned by the Board of Education for the City of Bayonne in order to straighten out the lot line between the two properties.” The Planning Board is scheduled to hear the proposal during its meeting on Tuesday, April 10 at 6:00 p.m.

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The church site at 317 Avenue E, Bayonne. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

Kaye is the Chairman and CEO of The PRC Group of West Long Branch while Del Russo is the Founder and CEO of Del-Sano Contracting Corp of Union.

Currently, the property at 317 Avenue E contains the St. Joseph Syriac Catholic Cathedral, which was occupied by St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church until 2011. It appears that the church would need to be demolished in order for the development plans to move forward. Meanwhile, the lot across the street, which sits next to the pedestrian bridge over the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail tracks, has long been used as a parking lot for congregants.

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