September 2014
3-Lot Development Proposed for Palisade Ave
28th Annual Park Fest & Flea Market, Sep 13th
Live At the Lumberyard Concludes Special Season
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Next RNA Meeting:
Tuesday, September 9th
at 7:30 PM


Harbor View Health Care Center
178 Ogden Avenue
1st Floor Cafeteria

Guests: Owners and architect for development at 391 Palisade Avenue.

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Our monthly meetings will resume this week on Tuesday, September 9th at 7:30PM at the Harbor View Health Center.  We will be discussing final plans for this weekend's Flea Market & Park Fest, hear from the developer and architect of a 3-lot proposed development at 391 Palisade Avenue and get an update from Ogden's End Community Garden volunteer coordinator Zach Cohen. All are welcome to attend! 

3-Lot Development Proposed for Palisade Ave

The first major development proposal since the establishment of the Riverview Arts District will be coming before the Zoning Board this month.  In advance of the Zoning Board meeting, the project owners and the architect will present plans for the proposed building at 391 Palisade Avenue, which will cover three lots.  Owners Nick Caballaro (a local resident and current president of the Washington Park Association), Gary Kline, and their architect Lee Levine (also a long time Heights resident) will be our guests at RNA's monthly meeting on Tuesday September 9th at 7:30PM at the Harbor View Health Center, 178 Ogden Ave (at Franklin St).

The proposal is for a six-story, three-lot building which includes a first floor commercial space for which they are hoping to attract a restaurant, a gallery, and a total of 16 residential units (including live/work spaces on the second floor) and larger units on the top floor and parking for 10 cars.

The project will require several variances because the zoning on Palisade Avenue (the R2 zone) allows four-story townhouses with first floor commercial or residential on the first floor (and no parking). This project will require variances because the building will cover three lots, rise six stories instead of four, include parking and feature 100% lot coverage (among others). The plans as proposed include a green roof to cover the parking area and a community gallery space.  Architect Lee Levine will present the project at the RNA meeting and review the variances. The owners will be available to answer any questions and are open to input and making changes prior to their hearing before the zoning board if there is community consensus for specific changes.

RNA appreciates that the owners are seeking community input as this project will likely set a precedent for future projects along Palisade Ave and in the Riverview Arts District.

For those unfamiliar with the project approval process, this project requires variances that need to be reviewed and approved by the Jersey City Zoning Board. A public hearing has been scheduled before the Zoning Board on Thursday, September 18th.  All building owners within 200 feet of this project are required to receive notice of the public hearing by certified mail (dated 10 days or more before the hearing). Please note that renters do not receive individual notice, only owners do (including condo owners). However, ANY resident or interested party can attend the public hearing and speak to the merits of the project.

At the Zoning Board meeting on September 18th, the developers (the applicants) will present their plan to the board and Jersey City's planning staff will make recommendations as well. There is also a public hearing on the application where members of the public will be afforded the opportunity to weigh in.  At the conclusion of the public hearing (which can be on 9/18 or carried to subsequent meetings as need be) the board will vote to approve (with or without conditions) or deny the application.  If approved, the applicant can seek construction permits and commence with the project. (There are legally established timelines where approvals can be appealed/contested in court but generally once approved a project can move forward.)

RNA encourages our membership, local residents and business owners to attend the RNA meeting on 9/9 to familiarize yourself with the project and ask your questions. The owners have assured us that they are open to making changes prior to the zoning board hearing on September 18th. Please note however that the LEGAL hearing is the one on 9/18 and that only the Zoning Board can approve or deny this application. Those who wish to speak in favor or against the proposed project should plan on attending the Zoning Board hearing on September 18th.


28th Annual Park Fest & Flea Market, Sep 13th


This year's Park Fest and Flea Market will be better than ever! Come out this Saturday, September 13th from 10AM-5PM to Riverview-Fisk Park (Palisade & Ogden Ave between Griffith & Bowers) and visit over 100 flea market vendors. (Space still available!) Be entertained throughout the day by DJ Preskool, and live music from Martin Moretto, F66, Viva Vallenato Badass Cumbia Accordion Band, and more.  Children's activities for one and all will be offered by JC Families and include Bubble guy, arts and crafts, music, face painting and more. RNA will be offering breakfast and lunch for vendors and visitors.   


This is RNA's major fundraiser of the year as well as an opportunity for the community to enjoy the park, meet one another, and be entertained.  


Haven't registered yet? There is still time to do so and we welcome you to sell your gently used items. You can use the following link to quickly register and pay for your flea market space(s) . We do accept same day or advanced registration. Each 10'x10' space is now $25.     


Please note:
THERE WILL BE NO PARKING ON OGDEN AVENUE BETWEEN GRIFFITH & BOWERS ON SATURDAY (OR SUNDAY IF WE HAVE TO RAIN DATE) Please plan accordingly. We do not wish to tow cars but will do so for the safety of all participants.

Vendors will be allowed to unload between 8AM-9AM only. Please do so as quickly as possible and then find a parking space outside of the park.

Live At the Lumberyard Concludes Special Season  


On September 5th, RNA held its fifth of five Live at the Lumberyard concerts this summer at Palisade Lumber.  Like each of the previous four shows, over a hundred music and video art lovers came out to enjoy fantastic live music from local and up and coming bands.  We wish to thank everyone who came out to this unique venue.  


We would also like to thank Life Logistics for sponsoring the August 15th show. Life Logistics has recently started serving the Heights by covering your errands, walking your dog and providing a wide array of concierge services. We would also like ot thank AJ's Pub and Sports Bar, 594 Palisade Ave, for sponsoring the September 5th show and for hosting the after-party. We can't forget to thank Palisade Lumber for providing the venue and Remco Press for our fabulous banner and postcards. We ask all of you to support these community-minded businesses. The shows wouldn't be possible without each of them, your participation and donations, our volunteers, Gerald Lucas and Nick Ciavatta for booking the bands and running the sound - DJ Preskool and DJ Senor Lunkhead, Ann LePore for her fabulous video art at the 9/5 show, and Mordi's Food Truck, Dark Side of the Moo and everyone else who contributed in any way to these shows.   

Live at the Lumberyard is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGiise, County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.  



Holland Street  We are working with Greg Brickey and the city to reopen historic Holland St by removing the gate and cleaning up the overgrown weeds and garbage. Greg is coordinating with property owners and muralists to put murals on the walls that are now covered in graffiti. We have also asked the city to resume police patrols and prevent cars from parking on Holland St.  Look for more details on events and volunteer opportunities soon.

Gazebo We are continuing to work with the city's division of architecture with the goal of getting gazebo designs and renderings that can be presented at our October meeting.

Upcoming events/activities 


Riverview Farmers Market every Sunday from 9:00am to 2:00pm through 11/2

September 13th - RNA's 28th Annual Park Fest & Flea Market -  10:00am to 5:00pm. Riverview Park

September 20th - WPA Live! -  Washington Park - 10A-6PM

October 25th - RNA Octoberfest Beer tasting and Ogden's End Fundraiser - Location TBD.  

November 2nd - Day of the Dead parade and Halloween Dog parade  Riverview Park.

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Kern Weissman
Riverview Neighborhood Association