Jersey City Seeks Community Input on North District Police Station Plan

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Proposed new police station: 269-273 Central Avenue, The Heights, Jersey City. Rendering courtesy Coppa Montalbano.

Central Avenue in The Heights is one of Jersey City’s more historic streets, but that aesthetic can sometimes create issues in terms of public properties. The North District of the Jersey City Police Department at 282 Central Avenue is one of those examples, as the pre-WWI building has by all accounts outlived its originally intended use.

The current police station was built in 1901 and is, among other problems, expensive to maintain. The situation with the building is similar to what the city faced regarding the old Police Department Headquarters at 8 Erie Street, which was restored into the TelCo Lofts by a developer after the police department’s headquarters was moved to One Journal Square Plaza back in 2012.

Politicians have taken notice of the current problem in The Heights and in 2017, Mayor Steve Fulop pledged to build a new station for the neighborhood during one of his State of the City addresses that year. Those plans were finally revealed last week at a community meeting held by Fulop, Ward D Councilman Michael Yun, and officials with the Jersey City Police Department.

Designed by Totowa-based Coppa Montalbano, the new station would be constructed down the street from the current one at several parcels along 269-273 Central Avenue. Currently home to a surface parking lot, the plan would construct a six-story structure that faces Central Avenue that would include about 31,000 square feet of space for the police department.

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Site plan of proposed new police station in The Heights courtesy Coppa Montalbano.

Behind that, a six-story parking garage would be built to include 190 spaces reserved for police vehicles. The garage entrance would be accessed via Sherman Avenue and would help house the department’s police cars out of sight, as many of them are currently forced to park on the neighborhood’s streets.

The design is only preliminary, as the city wants feedback from residents before moving forward. They’ve created a survey asking locals how they feel about the design that should be open through the summer months.

As Jersey City grows, an effort continues to be made to upgrade their police facilities. A new West District station was opened back in 2015 and the city has also stated their desire to open a new Downtown station inside 23,900 square feet of public space that’s part of the Emerson Radio Factory redevelopment project.

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  1. I personally think they should build bigger and include more parking for the public. The rendering of the building looks way too invasive, but that’s just my opinion.

  2. I wouldn’t necessarily equate “historic” with “aesthetic” when it comes to Central Ave, aka Desolation Row, and certainly the North District headquarters is nothing special in terms of architectural quality. However, there was one building that stood on this very site (271 Central Ave) that was indeed quite special and a real gem of it’s time- the Central Theatre which opened in 1921, had a single screen, and seated almost 2,000. It hosted live performances as well as movies. It was demolished in the 1960’s to make way for………….a fucking parking lot. It didn’t have quite the significance of, say, NY’s Penn Station but it did have a stunning interior and it must have been great to see a show there when people were a good deal more civil and manners were actually a thing. That’s when America was great. Those were different times…….

    http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/5778/photos/23777

    • Yeah, unfortunately many old structures were demolished due to abandonment. Jersey city had many beautiful structures, but with our decline everything else went with it as well. Let’s not forget the crack epidemic… So it’s time to build our future.

      • The time period I’m referring to (mid 1960’s) was in the beginning of the heroin epidemic (then came crack, then came meth, now we’re back to opioids). It culminated with the introduction of China White in the early 1980’s. It was cheap, potent, and ubiquitous in NYC. It wasn’t a night on the town unless you saw someone snort, smoke, or skin pop dope in a club or bar. Needle sharing led to Aids or Hep C. In both cases you were as good as dead. Tie this in with race riots, white flight, political assassinations, a mass shooting (Austin, Texas 1966) and Viet Nam and this was the death grips of the American Dream.

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