JERSEY CITY | Bergen-Lafayette Development

Bergen-Lafayette Boom: Where Is The Market Headed?

Bergen-Lafayette is a large neighborhood in Jersey City that is currently seeing a large number of approved and under construction units coming to the area. A portion of this neighborhood bounded by Liberty State Park and the light rail station and 1-78 has been dormant and contains abandoned buildings, empty lots but still containing a thriving community. Lots of brownstones, very old houses ripe for renovations, a few small parks, and good transportation has really put a spotlight here for developers. Close to around 800 units are under construction right now


A good overview of the neighborhood


I tried my best to pinpoint as much of the developments in this vicinity. I’m sure I missed quite a few

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The Ashton (2-16 Ash St)
https://jerseydigs.com/2-16-ash-street-440-446-whiton-tax-break-approved/

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Really goes to show the boom going on. 800 units is quite sizable. Often we focus on the larger developments, but a bulk of the units being added are in the form of low-rise conversions/renovations.

Good to see a resurgence in this section of JC. Putting the decayed structures to good use.

City has gone a long way from what it use to be. :beers:

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Whats going on with the corner of Carteret Ave?

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Yes, exactly. It’s so incredible that all the structures are rising all at once. It reminds me of LIC but on a smaller scale, but just as impressive. It’s really blurring the boundary between Downtown and the rest of the city, which is a great thing.

They have been cleaning up the site from pollutants for years now. The first half has opened as Berry Lane Park, which you can see in the aerial photo. The larger parcel on the corner is being named Canal Crossing. Thousands of units and the potential for its own light rail stop. http://thejcra.org/project/canalcrossing/

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Beloved Community Charter School


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65-71 Monitor St.


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323 Pine St.


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313-321 Pine St.



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100 Monitor St.
300+ Units

Approved by the city’s Planning Board last week, a new project at 100 Monitor Street combines six currently vacant lots that will be transformed into a 308-unit rental building. The development will have 2,980 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and also sport 8,000 square feet of office space, which will serve as the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency’s new home.



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132 Monitor St.


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72-74 Maple St.





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331 Pine St.


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Whitlock Mills Cordage








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When I drive by this area, lights are on in some of the buildings. First time I’ve seen lights on

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342 Johnston Ave.


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125 Monitor St.


Now, Jersey Digs has learned that earlier this year, the property quietly changed hands. City tax records show that the 2.198-acre tract is now owned by Yosef Brikman of Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood and that it was sold for just under $3.85 million back on February 7. NJ Parcels data shows that $1,283,333 of that was paid to Botanical Realty Associates Urban Renewal, LLC while the remaining $2,566,666 was given to JAR Holdings Urban Renewal, LLC. Both LLCs are registered out of a house in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

However, a listing posted on LoopNet in September advertised the site for sale as a proposed multi-family development with 163 apartments that would be completed in 2020. The price was not disclosed on the website. Earlier this month, the status of the building was changed to “off-market,” but it is not yet clear whether another new owner was found. An undated listing for the tract describing it as a “prime development site” also appears on the website of Greiner-Maltz Real Estate and mentions that not only could the existing 103,000-square-foot building be redeveloped into 180 units, but that there is room for additional residential development on the premises.

This old building used to dominate the area and really symbolized the emptiness around it. Now there’s construction all around it.

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121 Garabrant


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I’ll go take pictures of this site when I can. Both are topped out

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269-273 Communipaw Avenue

No action on this lot yet. This directly faces the light rail tracks near the Liberty State Park station

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902 Brewing Company, Pacific St. (proposed)




902 Brewing has long desired to open a tap room, and at one point, had toyed with putting a small one in Hoboken. But like many residents of the Mile Square City, they moved west for more space and have now found a spot to land in Jersey City’s Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood.

Company President Colby Janisch told Jersey Digs that 902 has officially signed a lease for a warehouse property on Pacific Avenue that spans over 6,000 square feet. That amount of space will potentially allow the company to brew over 5,000 barrels of beer annually and give them a spot to open a tap room. The facility will also boast a rooftop deck with gorgeous views.

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975 Garfield Avenue (proposed)


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