The Courthouse Park Advocacy Group, a group of residents in favor of a three-acre park in Journal Square as part of the Frank J. Guarini Justice complex, are touting the willingness of officials to work together.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Planned for the site of the deteriorated Hudson County Administration building, located at 567 Pavonia Ave., Courthouse Park is a partnership between the county and Jersey City.
They are working together to formalize an agreement for the donation of the land, removal of the existing building, construction of the future park, and determining future maintenance.
“We are taking advantage of low interest rates so we will hit the ground running on demolition of the old courthouse the day the new courthouse is complete. The creation of the 501(c)(3) is a great step,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.
Hudson County is donating the land and will ultimately maintain the park, and Jersey City is contributing to the removal of the existing building and construction of a park.
The city council is expected to allocate $17 million towards the project later this month.
“Ward C has less open space per capita than any other area of the City. I can think of no better place in the ward for new green space than the heart of Journal Square,” added Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano.
Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise echoed a similar sentiment.
“The construction of the new Hudson County justice complex provides a unique opportunity to create much-needed open space for the Journal Square neighborhood,” he said.
“I fully endorse the construction of a new park that we can all agree on as an amenity for the neighborhood. I look forward to the community design process and ultimately a plan that reflects the input from the stakeholders.”
The roughly $310 million courthouse project begin its first phase of construction at the end of 2020 and the Jersey City Planning Board gave preliminary approval of the large-scale plan just over a year ago.