Plaza to Enhance Vibrant DowntownÂ Commercial and Cultural enter with ExpandedÂ Outdoor Dining & EntertainmentÂ
Â JERSEY CITY â€“ Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced today a plan to convert a portion ofÂ Newark Avenue into a pedestrian plaza to enhance the City’s vibrant downtown commercialÂ and cultural district and support the City’s growing ‘Restaurant Row.’Â
With tens of thousands of people passing through the adjacent Grove Street PATH plaza daily,Â dozens of restaurants and shops in the downtown Newark Avenue area and a thriving arts andÂ cultural scene, Mayor Fulop wanted to expand the district’s useable area by closing the roadwaysÂ to vehicular traffic and designing a pedestrian plaza. Specifically, Newark Avenue betweenÂ Grove Street and Barrow Street and Erie Street from Newark Avenue to Bay Street would be
closed to vehicular traffic allowing restaurants to set up outdoor dining and create additionalÂ performance spaces.
The area hosts more than a dozen outdoor concerts and performances annually through theÂ Historic Downtown Special Improvement District’s ‘Groove on Grove’ concert series, JC FridaysÂ and the Creative Grove Arts Market. These are all expected to grow with the creation of the newÂ pedestrian plaza on Newark Avenue.
“Jersey City is a dynamic urban area and a true pedestrian city where residents want to be able toÂ move freely between our shops and restaurants and take in the culture of our city,” said MayorÂ Fulop. “As we work to develop Jersey City into the best mid-size city in America, we want toÂ capitalize on all of our assets. We have an amazing plaza at Grove PATH and by extending theÂ successful promenade further into Newark Avenue we are able to grow our commercial and
Â The administration will present the measure to the City Council at their meeting next week.
The ordinance, which will go into effect for the summer months and serve as a trial run for up toÂ one year, would also create more foot traffic in the down area thereby stimulating the localÂ economy. The measure has gained the support of the Historic Downtown Special ImprovementÂ District, who is partnering on the creation and on-going maintenance of the new promenade.
“The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District (HDSID) applauds Mayor Fulop and theÂ City Council for making this innovative project a reality,” said HDSID Board President John
Reichart. “We are excited to partner with the city in furthering the revitalization of the districtÂ by building a safe, multi-functional pedestrian promenade where the public can gather, socialize
and take advantage of our tremendous and ever-growing variety of eateries, shops, and markets.
The weekly community events sponsored by the HDSID, along with the ongoing residentialÂ development in the neighborhood has created a dynamic urban environment.”