Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop announced that a new North District police precinct, as well as the first municipal parking deck, will be coming to the Heights at his Ward D State of the City address.
With 100s in attendance at Public School No. 28, the Christa McAuliffe School, Fulop said the city was committed to having a diverse police force of 950 officers, recognizing two classes of recruits that were in the room.
On that note, Fulop later stated the city plans to bring a new police precinct to the North District, given that the current facility is over 50 years old.
“Our approach to solving our city’s public safety challenges is comprehensive and we need to provide each of our neighborhoods with the infrastructure and technologies that our local officers need to keep us safe,” Fulop explained.
“Tonight, I am proud to announce that this year, we’re starting the process to build a new North District precinct on Central Avenue, right here in the Heights.”
He also said that the current North District precinct, located at 282 Central Ave., “lacks the dynamic resources we demand for a police department,” adding that the new station will include parking for police vehicles.
Also on the subject of improving the Heights, the mayor stated that that first municipal parking deck will be coming to Central Avenue, between Griffith and Bowers Streets, in what will be a joint effort with the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency.
“I’m excited to also announce that we’re committed to starting construction on Jersey City’s first municipal parking deck right here in the Heights,” Fulop said to loud applause. “This parking deck will be located on city-owned property between Griffith and Bowers [Streets].”
“Later this year, we plan to transfer this property to the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, and through a community-driven RFP process, we will look to use city tools to incentivize private residential development – which will include a city-owned parking deck.”
Towards the end of his roughly 30-minute speech, Fulop added that the city plans to team up with the Central Avenue Special Improvement District (SID) for improving garbage collection, which will be aided by the city installing new garbage receptacles next month.
The United for Clean Streets Organization also received praise from the mayor, who said that their efforts encouraged the council to introduce a measure for next week’s meeting that will increase fines for homeowners that do not keep their property litter and garbage free.