The Bayonne Planning Board approved an eight-story mixed-use residential building with ground-floor commercial space at the corner of Broadway and East 12th Street at its Jan. 12 meeting. This is a sign the development boom will continue in 2021.
The current site is City/Newark Glass Company, owned by developers Joanne and Allan McLeod. The L-shaped site encompasses 282-284 and 286-288 Broadway, but has frontage on East 12th Street and Herrick Court.
Across the street, a ten-story mixed use residential building with 100 residential units was approved in December. Adjacent to the planned development is a QuickChek, and blocks away is the 8th Street station of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.
The application was previously presented to the planning board by attorney Christopher Vitale. But the McLeods asked for postponement following city planner concerns over window tint and the lack of a final design for the rooftop terrace.
Vitale returned to present a revised application to the board with changes based on recommendations by city planners.
The McLeods shortened the height from ten stories to eight and reduced the number of residential units from 151 to 126. There would be 18 studios, 84 one-bedroom, and 24 two-bedrooms.
There will be 2,700 square feet of retail space on the Broadway side. The McLeods do not have tenants yet.
Project Planner John McDonough said the development “was in line with what’s happening in Bayonne,” but “not a cookie cutter building” and “will be an interesting addition to the city.”
Facade and amenities
Project Architect Keith Michels said the facade will feature red brick and glass for the first two stories. Limestone will separate the second and third floors. Michels said that the red brick material is sensitive to the materials of other buildings currently on the Broadway corridor.
The remainder of the façade will be constructed with glass and a grey metal frame. A setback starts after the sixth floor, and the metal frame will be constructed in a lighter color grey, according to Michels.
The glass used in the façade will be made by the McLeod’s City/Newark Glass Company. Michels said it will be an homage to the company, which has been in the city for more than 100 years.
The glass will be tinted to control the temperature of each unit and to provide privacy, according to Michels. The McLeods will require standard window treatments in the lease to ensure uniformity when viewed from the street.
Balconies will be constructed except for the frontage of Broadway, Michels said. Due to the setback, the balconies do not hang over the street.
The rooftop terrace will include pergolas, seating, firepits, barbecues, a lounge, and recreation space. Greenery will line the terrace.
On the second floor will be a business center and gym. A dog run will be constructed in the internal courtyard, with a six-foot fence. A stormwater cistern will be installed underneath.
There will be 13 street trees: Three on Broadway, six on East 12th Street, and four on Herrick Court. The facade facing Herrick Court will be a plain brick wall for the first two floors.
There will be 134 parking spaces in the garage which will be inside, taking up part of the first three floors. There will be 70 bicycle spaces. Another eight parking spaces will be for the retail space on Broadway.
The entrance and exit of the garage will be on Herrick Court. The garage door will be made of a different material to increase visibility for pedestrians. There are also mirrors, so that drivers can see pedestrians.
The McLeods will repave the portion of East 12th Street that abuts the site. The parking spaces along East 12th Street will remain unchanged.
Commissioner Maria Valado voiced concerns regarding the opacity of the windows. Michels said the window tint would ensure less transparency from the street, and provide privacy.
Commissioner Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski applauded the change in balcony design and admired the way the development incorporates the legacy of the City/Newark Glass Company.
But she took issue with the small amount of parking for the retail space.
Michels said the commercial space is dependent on pedestrian traffic and low on vehicular traffic. Project Engineer Mark Chisvette said there is a municipal parking lot on East 19th Street that employees can use.
Ashe-Nadrowksi was concerned that the entrance on Herrick Court was too close to the intersection with East 12th Street and may cause a backup in traffic. Herrick Court is a quiet street, and this would be a big change for residents.
Michels said that the garage is small and will not see a lot of traffic.
Commissioner Ramon Veloz had concerns over whether garbage would be collected by a private hauler. Michels said the building is designed to accommodate collection by a private hauler or the city.
City Planner Mika Apte sought to increase the height of the fence around the dog run to eight feet, to give the neighborhood behind he development more privacy. Chisvette said it was the McLeod’s decision, but possible.
The board voted unanimously to approve the development.
The next meeting of the board is on Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. For more information, go to bayonnenj.org and click on the event on the calendar page.
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