JERSEY CITY, NJ – An apartment complex currently under construction in the Lafayette neighborhood will soon gain 14 more residential units and a larger lobby after the Jersey City Planning Board approved an amended proposal allowing the project to expand into an adjacent lot.

Prior to the board’s meeting Tuesday evening, Point Capital Development of Jersey City received permission for a seven-story tower with 48 apartments at 132 Monitor St. in 2018 and returned last November to increase the structure’s unit count to 56 and add an extra floor. Now, the developer can utilize the parcel next door at 130 Monitor St. to provide 70 apartments in the eight-story building.

“We now have a really great entry and lobby area with a mailroom,” architect Jennifer Palermo said. “We were able to move our fire command center closer to the front entrance and really make our lobby and lounge area quite spacious.”

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According to renderings from Palermo Edwards Architecture, the extension on the southern side of the wedge-shaped building hosts the new lobby, and the previous entrance was replaced by utilities. One residential lounge will sit directly parallel to the lobby at the rear of the first floor, and another connecting lounge appears to feature a bar with seated dining.

The ground floor also includes 35 bicycle slots, an internal garage with parking for five vehicles, and two storage rooms. Palermo’s layouts from last fall allocated the restaurant area for a gym or community space and did not contain any lounges.

All the apartment levels have an identical combination of four studios, four units with one bedroom and one bathroom, one unit with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and one unit with a bedroom, bathroom, and den. The alteration enabled Palermo to place two more units on each of the seven stories directly above the updated entrance and lounge.

“It was convenient that our elevator and stairs were configured in such a way that we were able to share all of the utility infrastructure with the original building, and so our addition is quite literally all residential and no services,” Palermo said.

Every residential floor has its own roof deck, and the one-bedroom units in the southeast corner of each level have a private outdoor patio as well. The smallest unit—a one-bedroom apartment—measures over 520 square feet, while the largest two-bedroom option is almost 940 square feet in size.

And on the rooftop, Palermo incorporated a nearly 1,710-square-foot deck with a restroom.

Palermo designed the façade using a mix of blue, red, and white fiber cement panels, gray metal louvers below each window, and a sheet metal cornice along the roofline. A light gray exterior insulation system will cover the western side.

Located on a dead end at the northernmost part of Monitor Street, the property has a wooded rear border separating the upcoming apartments from a series of train tracks and Interstate 78. Once completed, the complex will be just under a half mile walk from the Liberty State Park Light Rail Station.

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