In comparison to Downtown Jersey City, the development on the Western side of the city is definitely at a smaller scale. But in the past few years, the creation of many redevelopment districts in this area as well as a surge of new residents have really begun to reshape this part of the city. Just from that zoning map, you can see that most of this area is R1 (1-2 family homes) but a very large section colored in blue denote industrial areas which have been designated for redevelopment. From my research, the areas closest to Route 440 have been zoned for high-rise residential while others are mid-rise and low rise multi-family units closer to West Side Avenue. Being a resident of this part of JC for more most of my life, I have seen the transformation of this area. Many abandoned industrial buildings have already been knocked down, the city has been slowly buying up vacant properties and land, NJCU has already begun its West Campus expansion, Bayside is in the process of finding developers to start construction, not to mention the plans the city have of turning Route 440 into a more inviting urban boulevard to spur more development. I thought I’d make a thread of a lesser known area of the city to shed some light on the next area prime for new development. I’ll be updating this as more news comes.
Jersey City Western Zoning Map
Most of this current construction is due to the West Side Light Rail Station. It also has NJT bus connections that run on West Side Avenue. As you can see, most of the sites are quite close to the light rail station. When the extension of the rail to Bayside becomes approved, expect more!