Three Proposed Buildings Could Bring Nearly 200 Units to Communipaw Avenue, Jersey City

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847 Communipaw Avenue New Development Jersey City
One of three proposed developments on Jersey City’s West Side: 847 Communipaw Avenue. Rendering by Hampton Hill Architecture via the submitted plan.

A meeting this week could determine whether plans to construct three six-story buildings along a Jersey City block will be allowed to advance.


The agenda for the Jersey City Zoning Board of Adjustment’s meeting on Thursday, January 28, includes three separate development applications for parcels along Communipaw Avenue between Mallory and West Side avenues near Lincoln Park.

The properties in question include the old Atlantic Auto Group site at 847 Communipaw Avenue, the former Powerhouse Gym site around 851, 853, and 859 Communipaw Avenue, and the former Al’s Diner site at 869, 875, and 877 Communipaw Avenue.

Documents released by Jersey City’s municipal government in advance of the hearing are inconsistent regarding the size of the residential development being proposed by Devi Ma Communipaw, LLC at 847 Communipaw Avenue.

The meeting agenda states that the company is proposing a building with 25 units while the application’s October 30, 2020, principal points statement described a plan for 35 units. The latter document noted that “three … of the dwelling units will be designated as affordable workforce income units” while both files indicate that there would be a dozen parking spaces.

Next door at 851, 853, and 859 Communipaw Avenue, a developer is seeking approvals for a mixed-use development with 90 units, two commercial spaces, a gym, a roof deck, and 39 parking spaces, according to a January 13 principal points statement, which adds that 10 percent of the units would be “affordable.”

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One of three proposed developments on Jersey City’s West Side: 859 Communipaw Avenue. Rendering by Hampton Hill Architecture via the submitted plan.

The meeting agenda identifies the applicant for these three tracts as 859 Communipaw Jersey City, LLC while 869 Communipaw Jersey City, LLC is listed as the applicant for the third project site at 869, 875, and 877 Communipaw Avenue. This other mixed-use project would consist of 1,754 square feet of commercial space, a gym, a roof deck, 30 parking spaces, and 70 units, 10 percent of which would also be “affordable,” according to a separate January 13 principal points statement.

869 Communipaw Avenue New Development Jersey City
One of three proposed developments on Jersey City’s West Side: 869 Communipaw Avenue. Rendering by Hampton Hill Architecture via the submitted plan.

Site plans show that all three projects have been designed by Hampton Hill Architecture.

Thursday’s meeting is scheduled to begin through Zoom at 6:30 p.m.

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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5 COMMENTS

  1. WOW! Fantastic news! Communipaw needs more residential development. Main street in our city, mostly old industrial, near our second largest park …

  2. It’s so absurd that they’re considering a proposal converting all of the light rail parking at Westside into condos considering the amount of development in this area

  3. Cue the parking space NIMBYS! Did Manhattan have horse carriage NIMBYs throughout its history of development and infill projects?

  4. To the commenters about parking: Want parking? Pay for it yourself. This will create a private market in parking. In fact, all street parking should be eliminated and the space devoted to wider sidewalks and green strips. Then you will see how much parking should really cost, freeloaders.

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