Ward C Address Focuses on Revitalizing Journal Square and Moving the Neighborhood Toward Becoming the Most Important Arts Community in New Jersey
JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop will continue the series of 2017 State of the City Addresses today in Ward C, taking the message directly to the residents to emphasize the important role each community and individual plays in the progress Jersey City is making. A total of six speeches, one in each ward, will be delivered over the course of the next several weeks.
Monday’s speech will highlight the development occurring in the Journal Square neighborhood with the focus on arts and culture, including:
● Announcing new RFP with the Friends of Loew’s for the Loew’s Theater management and renovations to be released this Spring
● New museum in Journal Square to open in the Pathside Building; Purchase of land from County underway
● Revisiting zoning changes for both Journal Square 2060 and the Journal Square Arts District
● Finalize plans for the Apple Tree House re-opening
While the speech will address results citywide, new development and social service outreach to the homeless community in Journal Square will also be major focuses for Ward C in the upcoming year.
“We have seen incredible growth begin to occur within this neighborhood, and our hope is that Journal Square will once again become the economic heart of our city,” said Mayor Fulop. “Through investing in arts and culture, improving neighborhood infrastructure, and collaborating with community groups, we are making incredible progress in building a dynamic and inclusive Journal Square.”
The State of the City Addresses will take place at 6:30 p.m. on each of the following dates:
● Ward C, Monday, February 27th, Franklin L. Williams M.S. 7, 222 Laidlaw Avenue
● Ward D, Thursday, March 2, Christa McAuliffe School P.S. 28, 167 Hancock Avenue
● Ward E, Tuesday, March 7th, Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie Street
● Ward B, Tuesday, March 14th, Hank Gallo Community Center, Lincoln Park
● Ward A, Monday, March 20th, CityLine Church, 1510 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
“I am proud to announce that in 2014, we will introduce a budget with a tax reduction and flexibility for the Council.” That was one of Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s final lines in his State of the City address Thursday night, when he addressed not only the progress of the city on various fronts since he took office last July but also how it is going forward in the upcoming year. But Fulop was more detailed about other accomplishments and goals while speaking in front of over 400 people inside the McMahon Student Center on the campus of Saint Peter’s University.
He spent time talking about how the city’s consolidation of the Fire and Police departments into the recently-formed Public Safety Department enabled the city to save money to hire 26 more firefighters and 34 more cops, and how the additional cop manpower along with the employment of various crime-fighting initiatives will help the police bring crime down by double-digits by the end of this year.
He then said coming this Monday, the city will launch a reentry program for ex-offenders that will provide treatment, housing options, and job opportunities with the goal of reducing recidivism for ex-offenders by over 30 percent from the current average for those residing in Hudson County. This effort was described by Fulop as being in sync with his Marine training.