As Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop’s family grows, so will his house.
Fulop has applied to the city Zoning Board to renovate his Ogden Avenue house, proposing to add nearly 900 square feet to the 3,400-square-foot home that overlooks the New York skyline.
A spokeswoman for the mayor could not be reached for comment, but according to a report in Tapinto, the renovation was due to the couple’s expected second child.
“It’s really not a big deal or change,” Fulop told Tapinto. “Our family is growing, and we don’t want to leave our current home, but we do need to have a plan for the new baby.”
The baby is due in early October, Fulop said in a tweet.
According to documents filed last month with the Zoning Board, the mayor is planning to expand the house’s dining room, “great room,” master bedroom, and fifth bedroom. Plans call for the roof to be “squared off” and for a third floor deck to be added.
For the current renovations, the Fulops are requesting variances to shrink the size of the backyard and to expand the three-story building. Neighboring houses are “developed… in a similar manner,” according to documents filed with the Zoning Board.
“No additional rooms are being created as a result of these improvements and there is no increase to the intensity of use on the property or an increased parking demand,” the application reads.
It’s unclear how much the new renovation will cost, but it’s at least the third major construction project the Fulops have undertaken since buying the house in 2015 for $845,000. Soon after purchasing the property, they embarked on a half-million-dollar renovation. The board granted variances then, exempting the home from rules about what percentage of the lot the building could take up.
Documents filed with the Zoning Board list Kirk Mitchell, of Englewood-based AKT Designs, LLC, as the architect for the newest renovations.
According to his LinkedIn page, Mitchell was previously the director of architecture and design at Dixon Advisory, the Australia-based wealth management firm that oversaw the first renovation of Fulop’s home.
Dixon Advisory also designed the Fulops’ second home in Jaclyn Fulop’s native Narragansett, Rhode Island. The couple bought the property in Narragansett for $820,000 and built a house there for an estimated half-million dollars. Features include ocean access and a rooftop pool.
Mitchell could not immediately be reached for comment. AKT’s website cites the “importance of a strong, functional and mutually educational relationship” between the architect and a client in order to “fully exploit a project’s full potential.”
The Zoning Board will consider the renovations on Thursday night.
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