Zoning Board Denies Expansion of Building on 2nd Street, The Village

344 Second Street Jersey City November 2016
344 Second Street (the leftmost four-story building) as seen in November 2016. Via Google Maps.

A plan to make major changes to a building in The Village section of Downtown Jersey City was given a rare denial by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

The board denied a developer’s application for preliminary and final major site plan approval in connection with a proposed project at 344 2nd Street, located just steps from Newark Avenue, according to city records for its November 16 meeting.

Jersey City-based TLJ Capital Group, LLC had sought to convert the existing four-story brick building into a five-story mixed-use development, according to a legal notice. The upper floors would have contained seven residential units while the ground floor was set to have a commercial space. Two parking spaces would also have been included on the premises.

The building in question is situated at the heart of The Village, surrounded by buildings with small businesses on the ground floor, though this property currently lacks a storefront. NJ Parcels records show that the structure was acquired in 2015 for $1.35 million by Gary Mazer, and a 2014 LoopNet listing described the building as containing four 800-square-foot apartments, but stated that the “property needs some TLC.”

The Village Neighborhood Association had been scheduled to discuss this proposal during a meeting with developer Tamir Najjar in September 2016. The association’s website states that Najjar’s plans at the time included adding a rooftop deck to the expanded structure.


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