Back to the Drawing Board for 500 Palisade Development
April 16th, the Jersey City Board of Adjustment (Zoning Board) heard
the application for development for 500 Palisade Avenue. This included
presentations and testimony on behalf of the owners by architect Lee
Levine and planner Ed Colling as well as public feedback that lasted for
several hours as residents questioned the experts and expressed
concerns about the project.
president Kern Weissman, Washington Park Association Trustee Mory
Thomas, and several other residents expressed concerns that the plans
currently proposed were more than twice the allowed density along
Palisade Ave and that the density needed to be reduced to gain community
support. RNA requested that the project be scaled back to 5 floors
(from 6) and the number of units be reduced to 21 (from 27). WPA also
requested a more modest reduction in density. Other residents expressed
concerns about parking and infrastructure demands.
developer and business owners Dan Goff and Bob Iezzi spoke in favor of
the development saying that development is needed in the area to move it
forward and that costs are as high to build here as they are elsewhere.
the close of the public hearing, the developers decided it would be in
their best interest to ask the board to hold off on voting on the
application until the next meeting in order for them to consider the
community's concerns and possibly make changes to gain community
the time of publication, the owners have revised the plans by removing 3
units, increasing setbacks and adding a gallery space but have not as
of yet brought the density down to 21 units and the height to 5 floors
as RNA has requested. We will have copies of the latest draft plans at
the May meeting. The owners will return to the Zoning board on May 21st.
Please plan to attend this meeting if you wish to speak on the record
in favor or against this application.