First Street Streetscape (Marin Blvd > Provost Street)

ALL Ordinances were approved – should take affect in the next month or so. The city will be striping the pavement to show parallel spaces and parking prohibited areas along the south side of First Street.

Ordinances (17-075, 76, 77, 78, 79, 85) have been drafted & reviewed by City Council. The First Reading vote was the usual (9-0) last week (6/14) and this Wednesday the Second Reading (6/28) will happen – and this is when the public can come out and support, question or voice their opinions. You don’t have to speak, but can show up in a group to show your support or objections.

Complete Ordinance wording – Ordinances_17-75_76_77_79_85

Basically these ordinances entail:

Ord. 17-075 “Electric Vehicle Zone”: this creates a new type of parking zone reserved only for vehicles that are plugged in and charging.

Ord. 17-076: “Angle Parking North Side of First”: authorizes angle parking on the north side of first street (currently illegal)

Ord. 17-077: “No Parking Opposite Loading Zone”: prohibits parking in the angle parking spaces across from the loading dock so when trucks back in cars can still safely drive around them

Ord. 17-078: “Establish Loading Dock”: authorizes no parking in front of the loading dock on first street

Ord. 17-079: “Zone 4 Revisions”: Clarifies changes where Zone 4 Permit Parking exists, specifically on First Street where EV charging stations are installed.

Ord. 17-085: “Franchise Amendment” Reduce term from 99 years to 20 years or less. Revert up to 12 parking spaces back to general public. Location of those spaces was shifted to better accommodate the location of a specialized type of charger that has already been installed (DC Supercharge). Eight angle parking spaces will be will be included in the Zone 4 Permit Parking Program and also open to the electric vehicle charging vehicles.  The next 8 angle parking spaces will be exclusively for electric charging vehicles, as this is where the DC Supercharge is located.  Last 4 spaces near Provost Street will be Zone 4 Permit Parking Program and also open to the electric vehicle charging vehicles (No Parking 8a-5p M-F, Ord. 17-077). It will allow the city to ticket and tow from these spaces as well.

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Over 80% of those surveyed on facebook and Nextdoor were OK to return a portion back to Zone 4 Permit & Public parking until demand changes.

https://warehousepowerhousenj.nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=43497000

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/26673888491/permalink/10155598076068492/
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I think we all want the Electric Vehicle (EV) concept to succeed (launched June 2014), but at this time the spaces are still unused after 3 years and many times a nuisance (illegal parking from those outside the neighborhood, especially late night drinking) – action needed to be taken.
1 – To point out that all 20 spaces are NOT being used. Over a year went by after EV “Zipcar” moved out, leaving 6 more spaces empty. Developer’s Greenspot started to advertise “Maven” EV car-sharing late last fall, launching with only two cars, currently up to three cars.
2 – To get the city to understand that research and planning should have happened to make it succeed. These proposed ordinances are clarifying the rules and to return some of the parking back to public parking, but exclusive EV spaces can be re-activated as the proven need arises.
Personally, I also would encourage Greenspot to move/spread these electric charging stations to other neighborhoods to give others the opportunity close tho them use public EV charging and give “EV in JC” a chance. There seems to be no need for 20 spaces in one area at this time.
If someone wants to speak about something else in general, they may call the clerk to be added to the public speakers list, which grants them the 5 minute window to talk about anything and everything in front of the city council.  To sign up for Public Speaking: Call the City Clerk’s Office, no later than 5:00PM on the day of the meeting. (but only between 9am and 4pm): 201-547-5150. Thank you!!

Plan 2045 – NJTPA Regional Transportation Plan

NJTPA is working on their long-range regional plan – Plan 2045: Connecting North Jersey.  And they have various outreach efforts underway.

The outreach event for Jersey City will be at the Journal Square Farmers Market on Friday, May 19th from 11am to 7pm.

Please share this information with your neighbors. Also feel free to forward along.  Take the survey at njtpa.org/plan2045 and to share the link with as many people as possible. The survey will be live until the end of June.

http://plan2045survey.org/

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Spring Community Meeting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rH-R9YjBHk&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rH-R9YjBHk&feature=youtu.be

PADNA Meeting 4.19.17

Please join us April 19th, 2017, 7:30 pm at the Harborside Atrium for a community gathering.

  • Ward E Councilperson Candice Osborne
  • First Street Electric Charging Stations
  • Jersey City Arts Council
  • New residents and business news
  • Annual JC Spring Cleanup – April 29th
  • Join a committee! Arts Projects / Construction / Development / open to suggestions

Spread the word and we’ll see you there!

Food and drinks to be generously supplied by Mack-Cali.

 


UPDATE March 14, 2017 – Merchant’s Refrigerator Company Rehabilitation – Public Storage

Really cool drone video clip of the Powerhouse Arts District:  https://youtu.be/_rH-R9YjBHk

PUBLIC STORAGE has celebrated the completion of its newest and largest storage facility in the country.

Public Storage at 133 2nd St., in Jersey City, N.J., opened its remaining units and now offers a total of 3,978 units, the most under one roof at any of the company’s facilities.

Located in the Powerhouse Arts District neighborhood, the new business received the support of the community. To celebrate the project’s completion, Public Storage will host a grand opening Saturday, March 25, offering celebratory cake and a chance for neighbors to meet.

https://www.cpexecutive.com/post/largest-public-storage-location-makes-debut/

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