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RNA Monthly Meeting:
Tuesday, April 10th at 7:30 PM

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

Guest - Mark Bunbury, President of Farms In the Heights 
New R2 zone - Palisade Ave
Riverview Park Renovation
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April 2018
Palisade Ave Update
Variance Applications
Mayor's Executive Order
Great Jersey City Cleanup
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Please join us on Tuesday evening, April 10th at 7:30PM for our monthly meeting at the Harborview Health Center, 178 Ogden Ave at Franklin St - 1st Floor Cafeteria. You will have the opportunity to hear from the North District police department and from a representative of the Residence Response Center.
At this month's meeting, our guest is Mark Bunbury, President of Farms In The Heights. Mark will provide a preview of the upcoming Riverview Farmers Market season. We'll also be discussing and reviewing the draft R2 zone for Palisade Ave and be polling for opinions on elements of the drafted new Palisade Ave R2 zone.  We'll also have updates on the Riverview Park renovation plans.  
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.  
Palisade Ave - What's Next?  

There has been no shortage of activity along Palisade Ave - and our "Main Street" is evolving. Construction is underway all along the Avenue including at 380 Palisade, 387- 391 Palisade, and 500 Palisade Ave. Pizza Vita, just opened its doors at 435 Palisade Ave after building a following as a food truck vendor at the Riverview Farmers Market for the past few seasons and business appears to be humming along for Low Fidelity, Congress Station and "veterans" Fox & Crow and ModCup to name just a few.

The proposed development for the former Palisade Lumber site is scheduled to go before the Planning Board for site plan approval in the near future-- one of the last steps before permits can be pulled and construction can get underway.
The current proposal is 46 units, 5 stories along 222' of Palisade, two retail spaces and 41 parking spots.  You can review the current plans here. RNA will continue to post updates as additional information becomes available.    
At this month's RNA meeting,  we will review and discuss a draft of the proposed changes to the zoning along Palisade Ave (Palisade Ave from Booraeum to Congress known as the R2 zone) that is the result of feedback from the January RNA meeting, discussions by the RNA Zoning Committee, RNA board and discussions with other Heights organizations and leaders.  The draft R2 zoning includes changes to the bulk standards in the zone (height, density, lot coverage, etc), permitted uses and parking standards among others.  Please be sure to attend to review and discuss the draft.  Send an Email to for a copy of the zoning draft from planning and to share your feedback if you are unable to attend.  

Two More Developments Slotted for Public Hearings on April 26th

Development in the Heights is not limited to Palisade Ave.  On Thursday, April 26th, two applications before the Zoning Board: 262-266 New York Avenue and 506-508 Central Ave (C-Town site).

The application for variances for 262-266 New York Ave includes 4 stories, 11 units and 6 parking spaces with 1 live/work unit on the ground floor. RNA has voted to support this application.

The application for 506-508 Central Avenue proposes 5 stories (3 stories fronting on Cambridge Ave), 20 units, 10 parking spaces and a retail space on the ground floor.  RNA has chosen to remain neutral on this application and defer to the neighbors in that area.

The Zoning Board will likely vote to approve or deny these applications on April 26th. Anyone wishing to speak in favor or against these applications needs to attend the Zoning Board meeting starting at 6:30PM at City Hall (280 Grove St).

Executive Order halts Demolition

At the end of March, Mayor Steven Fulop issued an executive order instituting a six month moratorium on the issuance of demolition permits for 1,2,3,
and 4 Family buildings or structures (which are predominant in our area)  with the exception of structures deemed unfit for occupancy by the Construction Official or which is in immediate danger of collapse.  The order requires the Planning Department to propose amendments to the zoning within 30 days to better preserve historically significant buildings.  Additionally, we hope that Planning will provide new guidelines/rules that encourage better quality construction and preserve more street parking.  

This executive order is being challenged in court by several developers.  You can read the text of the Executive Order here.   
Great Jersey City CleanUp - April 28th

In honor of Earth Day, the City of Jersey City and its community partners will once again be hosting its annual Great Jersey City CleanUp on Saturday April 28th from 10AM - 2PM.  The Ward D location will be in Riverview Park  (See Event invitation on Facebook: Volunteers are requested to meet at the gazebo in Riverview Park at 9am.  There will also be an anniversary party at The Cliff starting at 3:00pm where all clean-up volunteers will receive a free drink!  More details on the cleanup will be announced/posted in the coming days. 

There is also a free tree give-a-way program on the same day in Riverview Park from 10am to 11:30am.

During this citywide initiative, residents are encouraged to clean parks and streets, maintain tree pits and planters, while also separating recyclables from non-recyclable items.  You can register to volunteer here:


Upcoming and Ongoing Events - Heights Activities Calendar 

Riverview Farmers Market - Opening Day!  Sunday - May 6th from 10AM - 3PM - and continuing every Sunday through November.

Backroom Broadsides Spoken Word/Poetry Series:
First Tuesday of each month from 8pm to 10pm, the next event is May 1st at Fox and Crow - Open mic (5 min limit per reader)  A big thank you to the Fox & Crow for sponsoring Backroom Broadsides each month.
james ruggia  

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Kern Weissman
Riverview Neighborhood Association

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