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New Parking Zone 16 in The Heights

The Jersey City Parking Enforcement Division is now distributing information on the upcoming parking zone change in The Heights. The new Parking Zone 16 (Map) will encompass all of The Heights including the area between State Highway 139 to the border of Union/North Bergen (Paterson Plank Road and Secaucus Road) and from the Eastern Side of Tonnele Ave to Ogden Ave. Any vehicles without Zone 16 permit parked in the zone over 4 hours (outside meter hours) may get towed.

There will be zone parking enforcement 24 hours a day, 6 days a week (excluding Sundays) beginning in September. Permits will be required (from Midnight Sunday through 11:59 pm Saturday night) for all residents and area workers. Permits for the new parking zone can be obtained online or at the Parking Enforcement Division Office, located at 394 Central Ave, Jersey City. Hours are Monday- Friday 8am-5pm.

Permit options include, but not limited to, the following:

Zone 16 and permit fees are established by City Ordinance 17-033. For more information, visit the City of Jersey City website.

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Central Avenue is ready for Jersey City's Plastic Bag Ban.

Pampita's Meat Shop (393 Central) is proud to promote reusable tote bags in Jersey City

Effective July 1, 2019, the City of Jersey City will prohibit the use of disposable plastic carryout bags (see City Ordinance 18-065 for details).

In response, Central Avenue businesses (via their SID program) are working together to make our fourth annual Reusable Tote Bag Campaign the largest giveaway yet. CASID will coordinate the production of our popular reusable tote bags for distribution among some of Central Avenue’s favorite shoppers and local residents. Central Avenue businesses have produced and disturbed nearly 6,000 tote bags during the past three years. With the support of our local businesses, we hope to match that number during the 2018 holiday season (December).

New on Central Avenue, Jersey City

Bloved World Yoga, 317 Central Avenue, Suite 201, Jersey City

  • Central Furniture
  • Nana Thai Restaurant
  • Prosper Driving School
  • La Nacional
  • Joanna's Variety Shop

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Creative Placemaking on Central Avenue

CASID has commissioned new artwork by Jersey City artist Eddy Rentas Jr. called "Cardinal" at the intersection of Central/ Paterson Street. Our organization is very excited about this addition to our outdoor art gallery. This is creative placemaking at its best and we thank our partners on this project including the City of Jersey City, Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs, Salerno Salumeria (453 Central) and Plumbers Plumbing Supplies (457 Central).

Creative placemaking has become important to the experience and benefits of shopping local. Public art, in its many forms, can rejuvenate a neighborhood when done correctly. It brings new energy and vibrancy to neighborhoods. It also can make Central Avenue a fun place to visit. CASID’s art initiatives have grown out of the belief that creative placemaking contributes to the economic and cultural vitality of neighborhoods. [Read More]

Recent Events in the District:

JC Walks Pedestrian Enhancement Plan

In September 2017, many came together to participate at the one day "Parklet" demonstration near Dulce De Leche Bakery/ Gino's Pizzeria & Restaurant. The demonstration centered on a new study for a Jersey City Pedestrian Enhancement Plan (campaign known as JC Walks). Jersey City has launched this study to understand how to make streets better for walking. Enhancing the pedestrian environment will make it more attractive and safer for residents and visitors to walk around the city. The final report is now available online. Check out the section on Central Avenue on pages 62-67.

Jersey City Revaluation and Real Estate

Graphic is courtesy of NJ Advance Media

Jersey City's real estate growth is undeniable as it was recently named the top sizzling hot real estate market in New Jersey by NJ Advance Media. A lot has changed since it last preformed a property revaluation in 1988 so, in the interest of tax fairness, a new revaluation is necessary and underway. An update from City Hall has revealed that most neighborhoods in the Heights' section of Jersey City will benefit from property tax relief with a reduction anywhere in between 16% to 25%. The area identified as Washington Village (Ogden Avenue) will likely see an increase of 7%. Based on the data that the City has already provided, Jersey City may have one of the lowest property tax rates in the State (about $1.621) after completing the revaluation. This translates to $16,200 in property taxes for every $1 Million in accessed value of your property. For more information on the Jersey City reval, please follow these links to useful resources:

State DOT Approves $2.4 Million to Repave Central Avenue & Washington St.

Governor Murphy recently announced $161 Million in Municipal Aid Grants in Fiscal Year 2018 to 505 New Jersey communities including Jersey City. The City's award of $2,370,990 aims to repave both Washington Street and Central Avenue. Central Avenue will be paved from State High Way 139 to Paterson Plank Road (see City Res. 17-833 for details). The City has not yet announced a time line as to when the work will commence but it is anticipated to be complete by the fall of 2019.

Mayor Fulop Reaffirms Commitment to Heights Parking Deck and New Police Station in Annual Address

On February 22, Mayor Steven Fulop gave his annual State of the City Address. Among other citywide improvements, he noted that the City is finalizing plans to build a parking deck and police station in the Heights. [Read More]

The City Council approved a resolution (17-913) last November that would initiate a redevelopment study on the site of the proposed parking deck on Central Avenue. The Division of Planning is expected to present the study to the City Council soon for approval moving the project into the next phase.

New Heights 24 Hour Bus Service (Mon-Sat)

New Jersey Transit Bus No. 119, Central Avenue Jersey City

GREAT NEWS for the Jersey City Heights: New Jersey Transit Bus No. 119 will run 24 hour service (Mon - Sat) starting on 6/25. Thanks to Senator Brian Stack, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji; Mayor Steven Fulop; Councilman Michael Yun; Councilman Rolando Lavarro, and RNA/ WPA for their tireless efforts to improve mass transit and access to NYC jobs. ‪[Learn More about Central Ave Bus Service]

Central Ave Discussion on Redev. Plan

Dear Members of the Jersey City Heights Community:

There is a buzz in the neighborhood about a Redevelopment Plan for Central Avenue. The Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation, an organization of business and commercial property owners within the shopping district, would like to set the record straight and address the circulating rumors. [Read More]