Amendment to Morgan/Grove/Marin Redevelopment Plan

Saturday, March 16, 2013

This page is out of date.  It needs to be updated with details about the community giveback we were able to negotiate with the City of Jersey City and Silverman.  In short, a black box theater will be built.

At our meeting last Monday we discussed the approval of the amendment to the Morgan/Grove/Marin Redevelopment Plan by the Planning Board.  Many questions and concerns were raised about how the increased building height and density will affect the surrounding community, parking, traffic congestion and PATH congestion. The membership unanimously passed a resolution to ask the City to work with us to allow for community input before adopting any amendments.

We hand-delivered a letter to each councilperson asking them to withdraw the ordinance from the agenda, citing the fact that the surrounding community had not been given an adequate opportunity to review, consider and provide feedback to the City as to the impact of the amendments. 

There is precedent for our involvement. The Harsimus Cove Association worked closely with the City and the developers of Grove Pointe to require them to rehabilitate Fitzgerald-Holota Memorial Park (aka Grove Plaza) and maintain the plaza in perpetuity. We were also instrumental in altering the design of the building, resulting in the replacement of the original and imposing “glass and steel” design with a stepped structure and brick façade which is more in keeping with the surrounding structures.

We were successfull!  The ordinance was withdrawn!  But now the work begins to work with the City's planning department to communicate our questions, concerns and objections.  We are currently forming a committee to work on this issue.  If you want to get involved in some capacity, please send contact us here.

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