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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 in the coming year. 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.

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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 Mayor will hold a town hall community meeting in Ward D (Heights) on March 20th at 6pm in School 28, 167 Hancock Ave.

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 Development Proposed for C-Town Location at 506 Central Avenue

The property owners at 506 Central have announced their intention to invest a large amount of money into our main street community. With an aging building stock that is nearly 130 years old, Central Avenue desperately needs all the upgrades and investment it can receive. The currently building is home to C-Town Supermarket and does not have residential units. The owner has hired Lee Levine Architects to design and present a five story building that includes 20 new residential units, 10 parking spaces, a green roof, and newly redesigned storefront with bi-fold doors to attract a new commercial tenant. This project has gathered input and support from various community groups in recent weeks, including the CASID, and the final design will soon be presented to the City's Zoning Board for approval. The CASID thanks the property owner and LLA for considering our feedback on this project as the CASID proudly endorse this major investment in our shopping district.

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%. The new assessments for the commercial properties along Central Avenue are expected to be mailed/ published mid March with varying degrees of impact for property owners and businesses with triple net leases. 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:

More New Trees Will Be Planted on Central Avenue Spring 2018

The CASID and Jersey City Department of Public Works will partner again in the spring 2018 to replace dead trees along the Central Avenue shopping district. Seven (7) new male Ginkgo trees have been purchased to restock empty tree beds by April/ May. Out of the 10 commercial corridors in Jersey City, Central Avenue has the most trees. In total, The Heights main thoroughfare has 113 tree beds. The Jersey City DPW and Office of Innovation partnered together with CASID to get 16 new male Ginkgo trees planted in the shopping district back in 2016.

Discussing the Future of The Heights with Councilman Michael Yun

Jersey Digs interviews Councilman Michael Yun in an ongoing series with Jersey City's nine councilpeople. Councilman Yun shares his positive outlook on the Heights section of Jersey City. [Read More]

New on Central Avenue, Jersey City

La Unica Bakery at 454 Central Avenue, Jersey City

La Unica Bakery is now open at 454 Central Avenue!

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

More New Businesses on the Avenue>

JC Walks Pedestrian Enhancement Plan

Thank you to all who took the time to participate at the one day "Parklet" demonstration near Dulce De Leche Bakery/ Gino's Pizzeria & Restaurant on 9/8. In short, 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 short survey conducted at the demonstration was available online.

Photos from JCWalks Central Avenue workshop.

Creative Placemaking on Central Avenue

Central Avenue, Jersey City NJ

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:

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]