Jersey City approves two-string project with 155 units on Communipaw Avenue

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Design of approved mixed-use development at 851-877 Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City. Reproduction by GRO Architects.

A corridor that is perhaps best known for its industrial ambience will continue its transition to a more residential area, as yet another mixed-use development has been green-lit by officials.

During their Dec. 2 meeting, the Jersey City Zone Board approved two separate property applications at 851-859 and 869-877 Communipaw Avenue. The grounds, formerly home to Powerhouse Gym and Al’s Diner, are all owned by a subsidiary of Guarini Plumbing, and the various approvals represent two phases of what will add up to a block-long building.

The approved project was redesigned by New York-based GRO Architects from an earlier version that appeared in January. Set to rise six stories and 60 feet, 90 units will be included in the 851-859 property and 65 will be built in the 869-877 section.

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Approved Development: 851-877 Communipaw Avenue, Jersey City. Aerial view of GRO Architects.

The entire two phases will set aside just over 10% of the apartments for affordable housing, with 17 units to be designated for those with moderate incomes for a period of 30 years.

The complex will include a total of 81 parking spaces, and both phases will include storefronts. The first section of 851-859 Communipaw will have 3,031 square feet of retail space, while the second section will have a smaller 1,297 square feet of space.

The properties fall within a Commercial Automotive District, and both applications were granted variances for use, setbacks, building height, area coverage, building coverage, and off-street parking requirements. The previous plan for the grounds had created a certain setback in the form of a petition opposing the project, but the zone board nonetheless approved the renewed applications by 6-1 votes.

Although a timeline for construction has not been announced, the project appears to be contributing to the continued transformation of Communipaw Avenue. Plans for 40 units on nearby 475 Communipaw Avenue were approved earlier this year, and recent months have seen plans for a 59-unit project emerge along with a 71-unit proposal on 500 Communipaw Avenue.

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