A seven-story mixed-use building with 400 public parking spaces and a public plaza could be constructed as part of a public-private partnership in the Jersey City Heights, according to an announcement from the city.
The proposed city project marks the first one to create a parking facility since the turn of the century. It will replace a high-demand surface lot of 164 parking spaces, often crowded with residents and shoppers near Central Ave.
According to the city, the late Councilman Michael Yun who died in April due to COVID-19 championed the project.
During his tenure on the council he, along with the city, spent nearly two years engaging the neighborhood and business community through public meetings to create an improved parking plan for the area.
“This is a project that was a priority for Councilman Yun, and I’m proud we’re able to continue with his vision,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “Michael was a tireless advocate for improving Central Avenue over the last several decades since he opened his business there. We are going to make sure we move forward on the plans he advocated for, including this parking facility, the remaking of the Central Ave. streetscape, and the completion of Reservoir 3.”
More foot traffic
With support from The Heights community and the Central Ave. Special Improvement District (SID), the city seeks to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the mixed-use commercial and residential building to be constructed between Central and Cambridge Avenues.
The multi-level parking deck will have vehicles enter and exit on Cambridge Ave. to maximize foot traffic and minimize traffic, according to the city.
“The dream of having additional parking for the Central Avenue Business Community is getting closer to being a reality,” said Gary Solomon, owner of Hauptman Floor Covering and founding member of the Central Avenue SID. “This project has been over 20 years in the making.”
The new structure will be required to incorporate green infrastructure as part of the city’s Resiliency Master Plan. The developer will incorporate flood reduction and pollution solutions while promoting sustainable development through a sustainable rooftop, solar panels, or a common rooftop recreation space.
The proposal includes a 10,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza, which was originally proposed by the late councilman and will allow space for community events.
“The city is working to improve our main thoroughfares for pedestrians while we better manage far-reaching parking demands,” said Ward D Councilman Yousef Saleh. “It’s clear my predecessor, Councilman Yun, was hard at work on many quality-of-life efforts, and I’m honored to continue to push them through.”
The Jersey City Planning Board and Jersey City Council will have to approve proposal at future meetings.