Next RNA Meeting:
Tuesday, November 10th at 7:30 PM
Harbor View Health Care Center
178 Ogden Avenue
1st Floor Cafeteria
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Riverview Neighborhood Association's (RNA's) monthly meeting will be held this Tuesday, November 10th at the Harborview Health Center, 178 Ogden Avenue (at Franklin) at 7:30PM. At
this month 's meeting we will outline what we have been able to learn
about the City's plans to establish a Redevelopment Plan for Central
Avenue, we will be reviewing development projects that are
proposed for 506-508 Central Ave (Key Foods site) and 52-58
Cambridge Ave. We will also have updates on the gazebo rebuild for
Riverview Park and an update from the JC Parks Coalition about the The
Bigger Dig. Representatives from the Resident Response
Center and the Jersey City Police Department will also be present to
address your concerns. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
|Without Notice, City Drafts Central Avenue Redevelopment Plan|
recently learned that the Jersey City Division of Planning has drafted a
redevelopment plan for the entire business district on Central Avenue
and parts of Cambridge Ave. The Central Ave SID (Executive
Director David Diaz) and Ward D Councilman Michael Yun had several
meetings with the Jersey City Planning Department to come up with this
draft without any consultation or input from Heights neighborhood groups
or the community at-large. While the plan as currently drafted does not allow for condemnation of property, it opens the door for high rise development in the Heights and indeed recommends high rise development in the center of the proposed redevelopment area.
Here are some of RNA's major concerns about the draft Redevelopment Plan and this approach to zoning in the Heights:
1. Any broad redevelopment plan in the Heights wipes out the protections of the zoning variance process. If
the redevelopment plan is implemented, it could be easily amended
without significant community input: all it takes is the submission of
an application for an amendment to the planning board along with the
associated $1000 fee, and then getting five members of the City Council
to support it. There is an exhaustive history and precedent in
Jersey City for Redevelopment amendments being recommended by the
planning board and easily passed by the City Council despite community
plan opens the door and sets a precedent for HIGH RISE DEVELOPMENT in
the Heights, there is already a proposed zone that would allow at least
one 14 story building (higher
if they include office space) and it would be relatively trivial to
start adding other areas to that zone via amendments. The most
predominant zone allows for 7 stories with virtually unlimited density.
3. This plan was drafted behind the community's back with no local groups being alerted as to what was happening or asked to weigh in.
4. The Redevelopment Plan approach up-zones the entire Central Avenue Business District and parts of Cambridge Ave without going through a master plan analysis to figure out if a zoning change is even needed.
draft Redevelopment plan does not make a convincing case that adding
height to Central Avenue will accomplish the stated objectives
more than the current Neighborhood Commercial zoning. The NC already
has virtually unlimited density up to 4 or 5 stories.
6. Many other business districts in New Jersey have used programs like incentives, grants, support to revitalize commercial strips without
seeing the need to up-zone for high rise buildings (currently, the
Innovation Team is working on programs in the form of small business
renovation grants, incentives, online permitting/licensing portals, and market needs analysis assistance)
plan does not consider that our infrastructure (roads, sewers) and
schools most likely can't handle this dramatic increase in density.
8. Our public transportation system in the Heights is already at capacity during the rush hours and this plan does nothing to address alternatives to vehicles.
We don't see how the current bus lines could possibly handle this
increase in density and NJ Transit has refused to add service.
9. We have not seen a lot of variance requests for Central Ave which would be the typical sign that the zoning is not working and might need to be examined.
10. Central Avenue is not at capacity currently.
We have seen that Heights businesses who make the investments to
improve and provide a quality product are able to be successful in the
12. Redevelopment will accelerate the displacement of the existing lower income community.
do agree that Central Ave businesses need help and are open to
discussing revitalization strategies that don't involve redevelopment,
such as expanding the permitted uses in the existing Neighborhood
Commercial Zone, Restaurant Row overlays, Furthering the programs that
the JC Innovation Team is developing to assist and/or provide incentive
to existing businesses in their own rehabilitation and make it easier
for new businesses to assess neighborhood needs and get their doors open
for business more easily and in less time. We also fully support
local beautification efforts that don't depend on promised improvement
projects and monies from developers.
these reasons and more, RNA is against this draft Redevelopment Plan
(as well as any redevelopment plan in the Heights), Other community
groups in the Heights have also made it clear that they are completely
opposed to High Rise construction in the Heights (buildings over 75
If you would like to review the DRAFT Central Ave Redevelopment plan, please send an email to email@example.com.
We are asking all residents in the Heights to take a stand against the
possible introduction of Redevelopment Plans in the Heights.
Please email the City Council and the Mayor with your concerns and
opposition to opening the door for high rise development in the Heights:
Michael Yun (ward D councilman) - MYun@jcnj.org
Rich Boggiano (ward C councilman - RBoggiano@jcnj.org
Rolando Lavarro (councilman at large) - RLavarro@jcnj.org
Joyce Watterman (councilwoman at large) - firstname.lastname@example.org
Daniel Rivera (councilman at large) - DRivera@jcnj.org
Khemraj Ramchal (ward B councilman) - KRamchal@jcnj.org
Candice Osborne (ward E councilwoman) - COsborne@jcnj.org
Diane Coleman (ward F councilwoman) - email@example.com
Frank Gajewski (ward A councilman) - FGajewski@jcnj.org
Mayor Fulop's office - firstname.lastname@example.org
|OgtoberFest Raises $1400 for Ogden's End Community Garden |
a beautiful but chilly Saturday in October, RNA and Farms in the
Heights hosted the OGtoberfest fundraiser for Ogden's End Community
Garden. Over 100 members of the community came out to experience how
much this formerly overgrown lot had been transformed into a beautiful
garden, enjoy food and beverages and provide needed financial support to
enable this Garden to flourish and continue to evolve. Special Thanks
to Fox And Crow and Palisade Liquor for supplying the excellent beer and
to Nature's Own for the 40 pounds of chicken. We also want to
thank all the volunteers that made the event possible (special thanks to
Nick Buffum for the Homebrew and Tine for the deserts).
|A very special day at the Farmers Market|
every Sunday during May through November are special at the Riverview
Farmers Market run by Farms in the Heights (RNA is a sponsor of the
market) - Sunday November 1st was particularly special.
market featured the annual Halloween Dog Parade followed by the Day of
the Dead Parade and Festival featuring Grammy-nominated Mariachi band,
Flor de Toloache and puppets created under the direction of Riverview
Arts District resident Santiago Cohen, Beverly Brown and dozens of
Both events were a big
hit and drew large crowds to our beautiful Riverview Park. Thank you to
all the organizers and volunteers that made these events possible, in
particular Santiago Cohen, Beverly Brown Ruggia, Farms In The Heights
and Kimberly Tom of Naturally By Kim who donated the prizes for the
Halloween dog parade.
|Flor de Toloache - Day of the Dead 2015|
Photo: Susan Newman
|The Arts and Business Landscape in JC Heights is evolving every Month! |
Art openings at 433 Palisade Ave.(latest show was Urban Oasis photography show)
The Lincoln Inn - Live Blues and Rock every Saturday at 9:00pm, Live Blues Jam every Thursday night at 8:00pm,
The Fox And The Crow
- Movie screenings in the Parlor room every Monday night at 8:00pm,
DJ's on Friday and Live Jazz/Accoustic/Electronic/Blues in the Parlor
Room on Saturday nights.
Trolley Car Bar & Grill - Open Mic on Wed nights at 8:00pm.
CorkScrew Bar and Grill - Live Music featuring local bands, schedule TBA. Trivia night every Thursday at 8PM
942 Summit - Bloomsbury Sq, Do You Tea, WHOS Bakery - Art, Spoken Word and special events.
Music and Visual Art Salon - Coming soon to Palisade Ave.
Murals on Palisade Ave, Central Ave and At Ogden's End Garden.
New businesses are open or in the process of opening in the Heights:
The Guitar Bar and Drum Den - Musical instruments and lessons, 362 Palisade Ave
Patsey's - Italian Restaurant and Cafe - 93 Franklin St.
The Dark Side Of The Moo - Restaurant, Coming soon to 52 Bowers St.
OZU Foods - Japanese and Sushi, Coming soon to 106 Hutton St.
Loyal Oak - Men's Fashion, 110 Hutton St.
David And Son's - Caribbean Food and Roti, 99 Franklin St.
Noches De Colombia - Colombian, Coming soon to 231 Central Ave
Choc O Pain - Bakery, Coming soon to Palisade Ave between Franklin and Ferry
Eno's Pizza - Brick oven pizza, Coming soon to Congress St and Central Ave
Others in the works...
DON'T MISS OUT - THE RIVERVIEW FARMERS MARKET CONTINUES EACH SUNDAY THROUGH 11/22 FROM 10A-3PM!
Please make a point to stop into these businesses and give them a chance to earn your business. Shop local!
|SAVE THE DATE - HOLIDAY PARTY|
RNA'S annual holiday party will take place on Tuesday, December 8th. Plan on celebrating with your community. Nominations for board positions will also be open in December.
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