Mayor Steven Fulop, with the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) and other officials, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday for the 17.5-acre Berry Lane Park, located in the Bergen-Lafayette section of Jersey City. It is the both the city’s largest municipal park and the first new one in decades. The public park is the site of a former brownfield property bound by Garfield Avenue to the west, NJ Transit’s rail tracks to the south, and Woodward Street to the east. It features two basketball courts, two tennis courts, a baseball diamond, a soccer field, bike paths, and two plazas (one with a splash pad). Over 600 new trees have also been planted. The Department of Recreation is in charge of hosting community events and games in the park. The site once consisted of abandoned and underutilized industrial properties, although the city demolished many of the structures, then remediated and graded the land by 2014. Multiple concrete silos were preserved and utilized for the splash pond. Berry Lane Park is right across the street from NJ Transit’s Garfield Avenue Hudson-Bergen Light Rail station.
Stefan Solakiewicz, doing business as a New Jersey-based LLC, has filed applications to convert the six-story, 55,000-square-foot office building at 92-32 Union Hall Street, in Downtown Jamaica, into a 110-key hotel. The structure will remain the same size, featuring 52,241 square feet of commercial space, although the property boasts 24,500 square feet of air rights. The ground floor will host the hotel’s lobby as well as an unspecified amount of retail space. The hotel rooms will be located on the second through sixth floors, with 22 units per floor. Chelsea-based C3D Architecture is the architect of record. The building is located three blocks from the Jamaica Center-Parsons/Architect Station on the E, J, and Z trains. The property was acquired for $1.1 million in 2013.
East Harlem-based Morrison Zhu Goodman Realty Group has filed applications for two eight-story, 12-unit residential buildings at 1525-1527 Bryant Avenue, in the West Bronx’s Longwood section. Each of them will measure 14,325 square feet, and across both, their residential units should average 715 square feet apiece, indicative of rental apartments. Amenities include bicycle storage, laundry facilities, recreational rooms, and rooftop terraces. Midtown South-based Node Engineering & Consulting is the applicant of record. The 50-foot-wide, 5,000-square-foot plot consists of a vacant plot and a two-story townhouse, for which demolition permits were filed in May. The developer is in the process of subdividing the site into two tax lots. The Freeman Street stop on the 2 and 5 trains is located five blocks away.
Staten Island-based Oak Developers has filed applications for three three-story, two-family houses at 334-342 Manhattan Street, in Tottenville, located on the western tip of Staten Island’s South Shore. Each will measure 3,831 square feet, with one unit hosted on the ground floor and the second spanning across the second and third floors. Across all three structures, units should average a family-sized 1,241 square feet apiece. The houses will also each come with three off-street parking spots, one of which will be housed in a small garage. Joseph M. Morace’s Staten Island-based architectural firm is the architect of record. The 125-foot-wide, 12,500-square-foot plot was occupied by a two-story, single-family house until it was demolished in February.
Yacov Levine has filed applications for a four-story, four-unit residential building at 1423 45th Street, in the heart of Borough Park. The structure will measure 4,336 square feet, which means its full-floor residential units should average 1,084 square feet apiece, indicative of family-sized configurations. Peter Gee’s South Slope-based Gee 2000 Architect is the architect of record. The 20-foot-wide, 2,004-square-foot plot is currently occupied by a two-story townhouse. Demolition permits have not yet been filed. The site is located four blocks from the Fort Hamilton Parkway stop on the D train.