New fire station and library slated for Jersey City

Facilities proposed in growing Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood

The Jersey City Department of Administration submitted an application to the planning board for a new fire station.

It will be in the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood at 627 Grand St., which is currently a vacant lot.

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A new library branch may also be coming to the area, according to a Sept. 8 presentation to the Jersey City Council by Jersey City Library Director Jeffrey Trzeciak.

A new fire station

The 11,751-square-foot, two-story building is set to house Engine 10 and Ladder 12, replacing the former home of Engine 10 at 283 Halladay St., which was closed last year.

According to the application, the fire station would have a brick façade with fiber cement panels on the west and rear sides, and ground face concrete masonry on the east side.

The base would be concrete capped with cast stone.

The station is designed by Netta Architects, based in Mountainside It includes a gym, kitchen, captain’s office, dormitory, officer’s quarters, day room, closet and storage space, laundry room, and bathrooms on the second floor.

The first floor would primarily be for the department’s apparatuses, with a watch room and work area, among other things.

The new station would face Grand Street but would be set back from the street by a driveway and landscaping.

A parking lot with 10 spaces, including one ADA space will be behind the building.

A larger library

According to Jersey City Public Library Director Jeffrey Trzeciak, a new 8,000-square-foot library could open on Johnston Avenue.

It would include a public meeting space, a maker space with 3-D printing and virtual reality programs, a recording studio, a public gallery, design studio, meeting spaces, and traditional library space for books.

According to Trzeciak, the new branch would not replace the existing Lafayette Branch on Pacific Avenue.

That branch is significantly smaller at approximately 1,200 square feet with a maximum capacity of about 20 people; it is not ADA compliant.

Trzeciak said plans were not final. More community feedback is needed to determine how both spaces are used. Ideas for the smaller branch included college and job readiness programming with SAT and application essay help; resume and cover letter help; and suit, tie, and briefcase loans.

The new facilities would be the latest to come to a neighborhood that’s rapidly changing with new luxury apartment complexes near Liberty State Park and Liberty Science Center’s Planned SciTech Scity.

For updates on this and other stories check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Marilyn Baer can be reached at Marilynb@hudsonreporter.com.

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