Jersey City may buy Public Service garage as arts center

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JERSEY CITY – The city council is being asked to pass a $10 bond in order to purchase and renovate a building in Journal Square formerly used as a repair and garage for Public Service.
The Jersey City Redevelopment Authority (JCRA) hopes to purchase the building from Hudson County Community College in order to turn it into a world-class art center and museum before development forces prices up in the area.
David Donnelly, executive director of the JCRA, said this may be the city’s last opportunity to purchase a building in the area. If the city council agrees to the bonding, the JRCA would then move to hire an arts consultant to find a permanent tenant to operate the museum. Six consulting firms have already responded to the JCRA’s request for proposals