Two-Pronged Development Coming to Church Property on Bayonne’s Avenue E

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City Line 317 Avenue E Bayonne Exterior
Recently approved two-phase development: City Line, 317 Avenue E, Bayonne. Rendering via The PRC Group.

New residential projects in the Peninsula City have become somewhat of a hot-button topic that played out as an election issue earlier this month. But despite the mixed feelings, new developments are starting to pop up around Bayonne, and the latest one was officially approved by the planning board last week.

Jersey Digs reported last month about a proposal from The PRC Group that was pitched for 317 Avenue E and a parking lot across the street from that property. The two-building development was to consist of 162 total rental units between dueling six-story structures at the corner of East 25th Street.

The project will feature a mix of units, ranging from studios to two bedrooms and is designed by Feinberg & Associates. A newly released rendering reveals that the development is being dubbed City Line Bayonne, although it is not particularly close to neighboring Jersey City. The city’s planning board officially approved the proposal at their May 8 meeting.

The site currently houses the aforementioned parking lot and St. Joseph Cathedral, a building that is well over a century old. It had served as a Roman Catholic facility for over 120 years but switched over to Syriac Catholic in 2011. The building is currently vacant, has been officially desacralized by that congregation, and will be torn down as part of the redevelopment.

Saint Joseph Cathedral Avenue E Bayonne
Saint Joseph Cathedral, Avenue E, Bayonne. Photo via Wikipedia.

That reality perhaps highlights Bayonne’s problems with the demolition of their historic properties. The city currently has no official process for deciding what should and should not be preserved, and the Bayonne Historic Preservation Committee has no legal standing in such proceedings.

Nonetheless, The PRC Group will build the first 67-unit phase on the empty parking lot before constructing the 95-unit component at the site of the church as part of the second phase. Greg Lentine, Vice President of sales and marketing at PRC Group, told Real Estate NJ that a groundbreaking will occur on the project sometime next spring and each phase of the development should take about 18 months to complete.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. It would be nice to leave some historic buildings left. I guess its all about money making not perserving Bayonne’s history. What’d next the Library?

    • sadly, wouldn’t be too surprised. “let’s build where the library is, it’s a 10 minute walk to the Light Rail!”

      the overcrowding in Bayonne is only going to get worse. lived in Bayonne 25+ years and I’m ready to move, don’t like how it’s going.

  2. I believe all of these developments that are going up will never be filled and it will be another tax burden on the residence who pay the taxes. Meanwhile, every development was given a tax abatement. The new budget cam out and they are raising our taxes 2%. If the developers were paying their fair share, the people wouldn’t have to pay for it. I think the money should come out of the politicians pockets!!

    • Yes! How come I cannot leave a reply! Technical difficulties???
      Get it together!
      Everyone hates you Destroying St Joseph’s and The Rectory, And Tve Convent And Destroying All The History and Memories of Those Wonderful People who gave their Love and hard Earned Bucks to this Church!! God help you all that are so damn Greedy to destroy this history!!
      Shame on you and all for the Lite Rail! Good Luck! Karma !!!

    • Yes! How come I cannot leave a reply! Technical difficulties???
      Get it together!
      Everyone hates you Destroying St Joseph’s and The Rectory, And Tve Convent And Destroying All The History and Memories of Those Wonderful People who gave their Love and hard Earned Bucks to this Church!! God help you all that are so damn Greedy to destroy this history!!
      Shame on you and all for the Lite Rail! Good Luck! Karma !!!

  3. It’s sad and disgusting to hear what is happening to my old home town. Bayonne was a great town to grow up in; but, it sounds like someone is lining their pockets and not thinking about the people. It’s typical of politicians today. I thought that St. Joseph’s Church was documented as a historical site and couldn’t be torn down, so what happened?!?! The evil in this world has reared its ugly head in Bayonne like its doing throughout this country. Tearing down monuments and statues of the past, because someone doesn’t like history. Be careful people…socialism is being pushed. Let’s hope it doesn’t gain any foothold.

  4. Stop giving these developers in batemans and the city can’t handle the amount of cars and children little be going to school and you won’t be able to get to the turnpike and none of these new apartment buildings have three bedrooms it doesn’t help families and they’re way overpriced and these developers aren’t helping to lower property tax they’re pushing out Bayonne residence could have lived here for a long time we should fire City Hall all of them

  5. I’m sick about St. Joseph’s, as I was born and raised in Bayonne. I was baptized, received communion, confirmed and educated at St. Joseph’s. Unfortunately all the unrented units will probably become section 8 guaranteeing landlords their rent. So glad I moved years ago. It’s notliz the place I grew up.

    • I just saw My Church, St Joseph’s with the fence around the property today!!!
      I am Shocked and saddened beyond belief!!!
      My Family’s Whole Life was in thatBeautiful Church!
      My Mom And Dad were married there in 1939! I was baptized there and made my First Holy communion there.
      Weddings, Funera. Etc etc and All Memories are there!
      HOw very sad to Destroy this for apartments!
      Shame on the ones who are approving this!!!

  6. Demolishing St. Joseph’s Church on Ave. E, big loss for Bayonne and it’s citizens! Bayonne better get there shit together from an historical point of view, these type buildings that are well over 100 years old will never be replaced and a great loss architecture wise! Time to get a list of buildings to save instead all in the name of a buck!

  7. The mayor has no regard for our opinion. We fought the high rise on 46th street and he didn’t listen. The problem with politicians is they don’t really work for is because they are going to do what they want to. Regardless of how much the citizens protest.
    Now the mayor wants to put a prominade/outdoor mall by The Starting Point downtown. Who is going to go there. It’s the most out of the way part of Bayonne. Save me my 2+% tax increase and don’t spend millions on such a useless idea.

  8. just one question, How are all these new developments helping the existing people of Bayonne?
    They are not building new schools. they are not repairing the water infrastructure, they are not repairing the pot holes, but they are building more housing developments.

  9. Leave St. Joseph’s alone. You already destroyed our school and now you’re coming for our Church. Money is the name of the game…not preserving history. SHAME!!!!

  10. I just saw the half demolished church yesterday. What a shame such a beautiful historic building. Bayonne is not preserving its history and they have no plan. It looks silly with all these high rise buildings popping up next to small homes all over the city.

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