February 2017
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RNA Meeting:
Tuesday, February 14th at 7:30 PM
Harbor View Health Care Center
178 Ogden Avenue
1st Floor Cafeteria
February 14th Agenda:

Police and Residence Response Center 
Neighborhood Updates

Guests - Director (Patrick Stamato) and Assistant Director (John Lynch) of the JC Department Of Public Works who

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Please join us on Tuesday evening, February 14th at 7:30PM for our monthly meeting at the Harborview Health Center, 178 Ogden Ave at Franklin St - 1st Floor Cafeteria. 

In addition to the opportunity to hear from and bring issues to the attention of a representative from the Jersey City Police Department North District and from the Residence Response Center, this month our guests will be the Director and Deputy Director of the JC Division of Public Works - Patrick Stamato and John Lynch.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
DPW Headlines at RNA Valentine's Day Meeting 

At our February 14th membership meeting, our guests will be the new director of the Jersey City Department of Public Works, Patrick Stamato and Deputy Director John Lynch.   The DPW assumed all of the responsibilities of the Jersey City Incinerator Authority last April, and is now responsible for providing even more city services that are near and dear to our membership and area residents.

The DPW is responsible for the maintenance and repair of our city's infrastructure including our roads (paving and fixing potholes!), city buildings,  parks, and traffic signals as well as residential garbage and recycling collection, street sweeping, snow plowing/salting, and graffiti removal among other services.

At Tuesday's meeting, the director and deputy director will provide an update on sanitation initiatives and services and take your questions related to litter, garbage collection, snow removal and any of services that are within their oversight.  What better way to show your love for our city and our community then to come out and have a constructive dialog about these issues with your neighbors and city officials!

Join RNA and steering committee members from United For Clean Streets at this meeting to learn about some of the clean streets initiatives that are in the process of being implemented and learn how you can help by joining United For Clean Streets in their efforts to get garbage off our streets for good. 
Safety First!

There has been an uptick in vehicle and home break-ins recently.  We ask that everyone stay alert and vigilant and let your fellow neighbors and the police  know if you see something that doesn't feel quite right. 

Please remember to take basic security steps like locking front & rear doors, windows (window guards) and secure your vehicle (and do not leave anything, even spare change, in view).

Representatives from the North District Police Department attend our monthly meeting and can provide updates and take complaints/concerns.  
Public Hearing for 39 New York Development Project this Tuesday, Feb. 14th
Planning Board Meeting - 7:30PM at City Hall

There's nothing like taking a date to a Planning Board Meeting! However, if you wish to speak in favor or against the development project slated for 39 New York Ave (also known as Ravine Road), you must attend the Planning Board hearing on Tuesday, February 14th at 5:30PM to state your position on the record.  The public hearing will be held at City Hall, 280 Grove Street in the City Hall Chambers.

RNA had asked for traffic and safety mitigation to be further reviewed by Traffic & Engineering and the firm hired to do the traffic study provided additional feedback and analysis in an updated traffic report.  You can review it here:  Traffic Study

While the RNA board recognizes that this project is currently As-Of-Right in that it complies with the current zoning, it highlights the need for the zoning in the area below the cliff to be adjusted to a lower density with significant areas reserved for open space.  This project illustrates that The infrastructure and limited capacity roads in this area won't be able to handle the density prescribed by the R3 zone.  The zoning density needs to be decreased to prevent further traffic congestion, circulation and mobility issues while also preserving and creating more usable open space. 

We also know that this project will exacerbate the already severe peak hour congestion and traffic queuing that exists on this portion of New York Ave.  RNA is requesting that at a minimum, the following conditions be added to any approvals granted by the planning board:

- Make the exit from the proposed driveway Right Turn Only to decrease delays in eastbound traffic and increase safety by mitigating visibility issues  when there is traffic queuing at the light rail intersection to the East of the driveway. No cars should be allowed to cross New York Ave to make a left turn when exiting the driveway.   

- Provide rodent/animal trapping during the entire construction project to prevent rodents and animals from moving up the cliff and into the Heights. 

- Adjust timings of traffic lights at the light rail intersection to optimize them so that queuing of cars traveling eastbound is reduced.

- Parking spaces should be provided as part of the leasing/rental agreements to discourage residents from parking outside the building and taking away street parking from existing residents.

Heights Development Updates 

520 Palisade Ave - conversion of existing building to multi-use (old firehouse). The developer has revised the project to lower the height in the back (it's now about 10 feet higher than the existing structure) and added some parking spaces. There is a meeting specific to this project scheduled for this week (Wed or Thurs at 7pm). please email to riverviewneighborhood@gmail.com to RSVP for this meeting and get the meeting location.  We encourage all neighbors of this building on Palisade Ave and Ogden Ave to attend this meeting.  

620 Palisade
Proposed new building with 22 units and ground floor parking. There is a new facade design by developer and revised plans.  Please email riverviewneighborhood@gmail.com with any comments on this project or to request more information.  We have not yet been advised of a date for when this will be heard at a Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting. 
620 Palisade - proposed
620 Palisade Ave - Rendering 
Get Involved!

Now is the time to make a difference right here in the community. RNA is recruiting volunteers for our 2017 events and projects including Ogden's End Community Garden, Riverview Park watering, RNA Music series (Live At The Lumberyard, Holland St Vault Concerts), Big Spring Cleanup, Flea Market, flyering, promotion, Farmers market outreach table, program fundraising and more.  To volunteer please email our volunteer coordinator Kristina Behrens at behrens.kristina@gmail.com

Heights Activities Calendar

Backroom Broadsides Spoken Word/Poetry Series: First Tuesday of each month from 8pm to 10pm - Fox and Crow (next event is March 7th)

Check our "Weekend Update" emails, sent every Friday morning, for all the events in the Heights and the offerings from our Weekend Update business sponsors.

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Kern Weissman
Riverview Neighborhood Association

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