Revamp of 17-23 Perrine Avenue Moves Forward Near Journal Square

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Approved revision of new development: 17-23 Perrine Avenue, Jersey City. Rendering by MVMK Architecture.

A neighborhood that has historically been Jersey City’s center is seeing dramatic changes to its skyline thanks to the ongoing construction of several towers. But smaller projects are also helping to transform the landscape, and a redesigned version of one of those developments was recently greenlit by officials.

Jersey Digs first reported on a project at 17-23 Perrine Avenue way back in 2016. While approvals were granted later that year, the Hampton Hill-designed development never broke ground, and the two-story structures at the properties have remained ever since.

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Site of new development: 17-23 Perrine Avenue, Jersey City.
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Original design. Rendering by Hampton Hill Architecture.

During their December 8 meeting, Jersey City’s planning board unanimously approved a significant remodel of the development. The new version is drawn up by Hoboken-based MVMK Architecture and is designed to reduce the structure’s visual impact on the neighborhood by increasing its setbacks and reducing the building’s overall footprint.

Set to rise on four lots that total 0.24 acres, 17 Perrine Avenue will be a six-story building containing 48 residential units. The living spaces break down as five studios, 38 one-bedrooms, and five two-bedroom units, none of which will be set aside as affordable housing.

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17-23 Perrine Avenue, Jersey City. Rendering by MVMK Architecture.

A one-story section of the development along the rear of the property will allow three private terraces to be included at the building’s second-floor units. No parking is included in the project, but storage for residents and space for 24 bikes will be incorporated into the development’s basement.

The building’s revamp will see a brick exterior utilized on the lower levels and charcoal cement board panels will be featured on the top floors. Plans for 17 Perrine Avenue include a substantial green roof plus amenities for residents involving a 1,100-square-foot enclosed section with a lounge and a 4,481-square-foot outdoor terrace complete with seating areas, lounger chairs, and a rooftop dog run.

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Site elevation: 17-23 Perrine Avenue, Jersey City. Rendering by MVMK Architecture.

The development falls within the Journal Square 2060 Redevelopment Plan on a quiet dead-end street located between the much busier Summit and Baldwin avenues. While older homes still dot much of the landscape, several newer developments have emerged in recent years, particularly along nearby High Street. A groundbreaking date for 17 Perrine Avenue has not yet been announced.


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  1. Why does it take 5 years to break ground? City should put an expiration on the approvals…give them 2 years and if they haven’t started building, make them start the entire approval process over.

    Great progress for JSQ, just super frustrating how long these take to break ground. Understandable they needed to revise the drawings but shouldn’t take 5 years.

  2. Another visually busy building facade by MVMK, but I like it. I also quite like the building’s setback and exterior planters which make for a very pleasant streetscape. As I’m always banging on about making a building’s interaction with the sidewalk a more aesthetic experience – glad to see someone got the memo. This feature should be codified into all new construction. Set the building back several feet and give the developer a variance to add on another story or two.

    Looking forward to seeing MVMK’s latest project on Palisade Ave finish construction. Easily the nicest new construction in the Heights, if not in JC, it has a beautiful articulated and detailed facade employing three different reddish colors of brick. Crackhead Way no more!


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