McGinley Square Building Could Be Expanded Into Six-Unit Development

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648 Montgomery Street Jersey City Street View
648 Montgomery Street, Jersey City. Image via Google Maps/Street View.

A two-story Jersey City building could undergo an adaptive reuse and expansion if an application by developers is approved.

Surinder and Sherry Singh applied to add two additional stories to the structure at 648 Montgomery Street. Their proposal calls for turning the existing building into a four-story mixed-use development with ground floor commercial space, six residential units, and rooftop amenity space, according to a September 18 report by Jersey City principal planner Timothy Krehel.

648 Montgomery Street Jersey City Front Elevation
Proposed street view. Image courtesy of Jacob Solomon Architect via the application.

Site plans from Jacob Solomon Architect, LLC that were released by Jersey City’s municipal government show two options for the ground floor, with one option calling for two retail spaces and the other calling for just one.

648 Montgomery Street Jersey City Front
Front elevation. Image courtesy of Jacob Solomon Architect via the application.

The building currently contains ground floor commercial space and one residential unit, according to the application. It is located between The Beacon and McGinley Square.

The two properties that sit adjacent to 648 Montgomery Street have both been the subject of development projects over the last decade. The parcel to the west contains the M650 Flats while a four-story development sits at 650 Montgomery Street where a two-story building was once located.

Surinder and Sherry Singh’s application was originally slated to go before the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment on September 8, but the agenda for the meeting on that date shows that the matter was carried to the meeting on Tuesday, September 22.

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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4 COMMENTS

  1. Unanimously approved. Unfortunate for the owners of the units with adjacent inset balconies as those will be completely bricked in.

  2. Fantastic news, glad it was approved! Overall design looks pretty ugly on paper, hopefully better in reality.

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