A Jersey City zoning board meeting to hear an appeal regarding the demolition of the St. Peter’s Prep buildings has been postponed, after residents were alerted to it being added to the agenda earlier this week. The meeting’s postponement was confirmed by a Jersey City official from the Division of City Planning.
The applicants, St. Peter’s Preparatory School, want to appeal a decision three years ago by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission that denied the demolition of the St. Peter’s Hall and Grammar School at York Street.
St. Peter’s officials had argued back then that the buildings were damaged from Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and were so dilapidated that they must be destroyed. They were seeking to turn the space into a surface parking lot, but the commission doubted their arguments on demolishing the buildings.
The two Romanesque Revival buildings date back to the late 1800s, and the Hall was the site of Woodrow Wilson launching his campaign for governor of New Jersey in 1910. The buildings are located in the Paulus Hook Historic District, which required St. Peter’s to receive approval from the commission.