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Planning board approves seven-story building near Newark Bay Bridge

The development will be home to 42 rental units

A digital rendering of the development

The Bayonne Planning Board has approved a seven-story multi-family residential building near the Newark Bay Bridge. The board approved the development at its first in-person meeting since the onset of the pandemic.

The seven-story low-rise will be constructed by Adam A. Enterprise LLC at 1207-1211 JFK Blvd. The site is home to two vacant lots. Prior to that, the location was home to two- and three-story buildings.

Nearby is Rutkowski Park and the now-closed Marist High School. While most recent development has been near the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, this, and Woodmont Bay Club are not.

Rental units on the way

The residential development will be home to 42 rental units. Of those, 36 will be one-bedroom and six will be two bedroom. The units range from approximately 650 to 800 square feet.

There will be 44 parking spots. A mechanized parking garage will be lon the ground floor with access on 54th Street. There will also be some bicycle parking.

A large driveway on JFK Blvd. will be partially removed, adding one on-street parking space. On 54th Street, two parking spots will be shortened to make way for the entrance to the garage.

An outside notification system will alert pedestrians of cars exiting the garage. The façade of the garage on 54th Street will be hidden by back-painted storefront windows with a translucent panel garage door to match.

The current site sits vacant awaiting construction to start.

Rooftop, garbage, and more

The development features rooftop terrace with green space and a 2,000-square-foot solar array. According to the project architect, planters and other greenery make up 35 percent of the roof space.

Garbage will be dispensed into a dumpster from a chute and will be removed by a private hauler. Garbage will not be stored in cans on the street but in a garbage room.

According to a 2018 traffic study conducted at the site, there will be no significant impact on traffic. While this development will not be near the light rail, plenty of buses that operate along JFK Blvd.

A storm water basin will be installed underneath the garage, with outflow to the sewer on 54th Street. The idea is to help reduce the impact on storm water runoff.

Commissioner concerns

Prior to approving the project, Chairwoman Karen Fiermonte raised questions at the July 13 meeting, about the window treatments. She noted the board has been approving a number of developments and wants to ensure they are “high quality,” especially when viewed from the street.

A digital rendering of the rooftop terrace

The developer agreed to require uniform window treatments. The idea is to keep the units, which feature large glass windows, similar in nature when viewed from the street.

The board unanimously approved the building.

The planning board will meet again in August. For more information, go to bayonnenj.org and click on the calendar webpage.

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