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.
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.
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.
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.