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RNA Monthly Meeting:
Tuesday, Oct 9th at 7:30 PM

Location:
Harbor View Health Care Center
178 Ogden Avenue
1st Floor Cafeteria
 
Agenda:
  • Discussion regarding proposed 3 Unit 2500sq ft building at 266 New York Ave.
  • Updates on Riverview Park Renovation.
  • Updates on Abandoned properties in the Heights.
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October 2018
Results of Member Vote on 520 Palisade
Sign the Bus Petition
Flea Market and Park Fest
The Vault Allure
Central Ave Parking Garage RDP
Condolences to Mayor Fulop
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Greetings!
 
Please join us this Tuesday evening, October 9th 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. 
 
This month we will have a discussion about a proposed 3 unit, 3 story plus mezzanine building at 366 New York Ave. This proposed building is on a 2500 Sq. Foot Lot with NO curb cut. We will also be providing updates on the Riverview Park Renovation (including a new timeframe for the project) and also provide updates from the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) on abandoned properties in the Heights. 
   
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
520 palisade
Results of RNA Special Meeting about 520 Palisade Ave Development 

On September 25th, The Riverview Neighborhood Association held a special meeting for further discussion and member vote on the proposed mixed use development at 520 Palisade Ave, the old firehouse ( link to plans).

The first meeting and vote was held on September 11th produced a vote of 9 members against and 6 in favor (with 2 abstaining). The second vote (9/25) resulted in 14 members in favor and 14 against. The vote totals, Including votes of people that only attended the 9/11 meeting, making the final RNA member vote 19 against and 15 in favor.

Please keep in mind that the RNA vote has no legal standing and is just to provide guidance to the board on whether to take a position at the Zoning Board hearing and to provide feedback to the developers in advance of a legal hearing so that community input can be incorporated into the design prior to the hearing.

Needless to say, the membership is split on this project. Those members voting in favor appreciated that this is an adaptive reuse project, appreciated the design elements and want to see a rehabilitation of the building move forward after many years of neglect.

Those members voting against expressed concerns about the density of the project (20 units where 17 are permitted) especially in light of the the recent change in zoning along Palisade Ave (R2-D zone) that should have negated the need for variances (and assurances from the City that none would be considered immediately after passage); lot coverage/limited rear setback and lack of parking (though none is required) and the desire to see an affordable housing component if variances are to be granted.

Note: The devel oper is considering adding 2 affordable units to the project as a community give-back but is waiting for JC planning staff to weigh in on that idea. Several members indicated that they would have voted in favor of the proposed development had it included some affordable units.   
 
The current proposal for 520 Palisade Ave was originally presented at our July meeting by the new architect for the project, Lee Levine, and by the owner - Pronti Construction for questions and feedback from the community.  The previous plans that went to the zoning board last October were denied by the Zoning Board after significant opposition from the immediate neighbors. 

The current proposal is mixed use with Retail space(s) on the ground floor and dwelling units above. Plans presented have 20 dwelling units, retail on the ground floor, 6 stories with setbacks at the 2nd and 5th floors, a restored facade, and no parking (none is required by zoning as it's a historic building that was not designed for parking).

A date for the public hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment has not been set yet.  As a reminder, the BEST WAY to have your voice heard is to speak at the Zoning Board hearing when the date is announced, the Zoning Board commissioners are the ones that will ultimately make the decision on whether to approve or deny the project. The Zoning Board hearings are typically held on Thursday evenings 6:30pm at City Hall. We will post the date when announced. Obviously, the community is very divided on this project, that's why it's even more important to let the zoning board hear and consider your opinion on this project.
Sign the Petition for Better Bus Service in the Heights!

RNA Board Member Roger Heitmann along with the RNA transportation Committee and concerned residents have been gathering signatures and tracking bus service in advance of a meeting on 10/11 with State Assemblyman (and Heights resident) Raj Mukherji.  If you haven't signed the petition - please do so!
http://www.tinyurl.com/heights-bus

Bus Survey
 
Flea Market And Park Fest raises over $2200 for RNA.  

The 31st Annual Flea Market and Park Fest took place on Saturday September 22nd from 8am to 5pm.  Riverview Neighborhood's major fundraiser of the year, attracted about 90 vendors, and featured live music curated by Friggen Fabulous Productions including performances by Deivito, Anthony Tamburo Band, The Jive Stewards and DJ Preskool spinning between sets. We also quickly sold out of burritos by Mission Burrito (back in the Heights!) and pizza by Gino's. We thank these local businesses for their support of our annual fundraiser event. 

Thanks to our volunteer coordinator Lauren Freestone for bringing a great team of volunteers together. Special thanks to Olga Weissman for running the RNA booth, Roger Heitmann and Jocelyn Patrick for registering vendors and to all the volunteers that dedicated their time to make this event a success. 

Flea Market 2018
 
Vault Allure 2018 Finishes on a High Note

Thanks to incredible work by The Statuary (Walter and Margo Parks), Nokia Bell Labs, the City of Jersey City Department of Cultural Affairs, Fox and Crow, Lo-Fi, RNA  and all of our volunteers, the Vault Allure events were unique, enlightening and transporting experiences. The September 15th Vault Allure was attended by over 550 people, --over 1400 people attended and participated across the three event festival.

Combining music, technology and visual arts, the Vault Allure series brought together world class musicians, technologists, dancers, performance and visual artists along Historic Holland Street.  A special thank you to Domhnaill Hernon of Nokia Bell Labs for the financial sponsorship and for curating the Nokia featured artists. 

Photo by Alexis Rotter
 
Photo by Alexis Rotter

Photo by Alexis Rotter
Update on Central Ave Parking Garage Redevelopment Study/Plan

RNA and other community groups received the following update from the JC Planning Dept in regards to the Central Ave parking lot Redevelopment Plan study:

"Dear Heights Community Members,

Please be advised that the study will be finalized and presented to the Planning Board at the regularly scheduled meeting, October 30, 2018 at 5:30pm (City Hall).

The Division of City Planning has prepared a draft of the Central Avenue Block 2901 Study Area. It was determined that the area does meeting the criteria for a non-condemnation redevelopment area. The draft is being finalized for a planning board meeting in October 2018. After Planning Board it would be presented to City Council most likely in November. Should the City Council approve the designation of the Study Area as an Area in Need of Redevelopment then the Division of City Planning will be reaching out to conduct community meetings regarding the drafting of a redevelopment plan.
The draft study can be viewed and downloaded With this link."

RNA offers our deepest condolences to Mayor Fulop for the loss of his brother. 

Due to this tragedy, the Mayor's Heights town hall meeting has been rescheduled to November. 
Upcoming and Ongoing Events - Heights Activities Calendar 

THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE 
IS TUES 10/16. PLEASE VOTE!

Riverview Farmers Market - Sunday from 10AM - 3PM - and continuing every Sunday through November.

Board of Education Candidate Forum - Monday, October 22, 2018 at 7 PM - 9:30 PM - Hope Center - 110 Cambridge St

Backroom Broadsides Spoken Word/Poetry Series:
First Tuesday of each month from 8pm to 10pm, the next event is November 6th at Fox and Crow - Open mic (5 min limit per reader) followed by two guest readers. 

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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