Harrington & Leane Win Approval for Jersey City Residential Project Despite Opposition

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Veteran Connell Foley LLP real estate lawyers Charles (“Chuck” Harrington) and Thomas Leane late last month won unanimous approval from the Jersey City Planning Board for a hotly contested proposal to construct a modern, mid-rise residential building on a street that is home to several historic properties.

The multi-family project will be located on a 40,000-square-foot parcel at 152 Ogden Avenue in Jersey City near “The Palisades,” a line of steep cliffs that stretch north from Jersey City to near Nyak, N.Y. The project site sits between two historic buildings, and directly across from a trolley house dating back to the late 1800s.

The project will comprise a residential building with 14 residential units—12 two-bedroom apartments and two one-bedroom apartments—and 14 parking spaces. Rising eight stories, the residential building will feature a setback design that will accommodate the apartments’ terraces.

At the February 20th planning board meeting, several parties spoke out in opposition to the project. Mr. Harrington took the podium on behalf of his client—PF Associates, the project’s developer—to assure the planning board that the project plan complies with the zoning regulations for a multifamily residential district as well as with all the regulations designed to protect the Palisades.

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