Jersey City proposes 7-story building to solve Central Avenue parking problems

The work of Councilman Michael Yun is continuing, even after his death.

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop announced Monday that the city will move forward with a project to create more parking for Central Avenue-area residents and businesses through a public-private partnership. The proposal, part of the Central Avenue 2901 Redevelopment Plan, will be discussed at the Planning Board meeting Tuesday.

The proposal calls for a new seven-story, mixed-use building and a multi-level parking garage with 400 public parking spaces on properties bordered by Central and Cambridge avenues and Griffith and Bowers streets. The plan also calls for 10,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza in the heart of the Heights neighborhood.

Yun, who died of COVID-19 in early April, and city officials spent nearly two years engaging the neighborhood and business community to craft an improved parking plan. Heights residents have long complained about the lack of parking.

“This is a project that was a priority for Councilman Yun, and I’m proud we’re able to continue with his vision,” Fulop said. “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.”

The city plans to submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the mixed-use commercial and residential building.

“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 Special Improvement District. “This project has been over 20 years in the making.”

The new structure would be required to incorporate green infrastructure as part of the administration’s Resiliency Master Plan. The developer would incorporate innovative, cost-effective flood reduction and pollution solutions while promoting sustainable development through features such as a sustainable rooftop, solar panels, or an on-site common rooftop recreation space.

“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 for the overall betterment of this community.”

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