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

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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.

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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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3 COMMENTS

  1. This is outrageous. Four stories asking for five stories — denied. 70 stories in JSQ, totally out of context, approved. Is no journalist investigating what is really going on in JC? There is a history there.

    • Exactly! We all know what is going on here without saying the “C” word…just trying to figure out how to handle it at the moment…

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