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    JUNE 10, 2015: SECOND READING, PUBLIC COMMENTS AND VOTE AT CITY COUNCIL FOR PROPOSED HISTORIC DISTRICT IN JERSEY CITY

    Dear JCLC Supporters,

    Over ten years ago I attended a dinner party at a home in the West Bergen / Lincoln Park section of Jersey City and I was blown away by the quality of the historic housing I saw.  I was very familiar with the brownstones of downtown Jersey City, but never realized there were so many stately stand-alone homes, of many architectural styles, just a short distance away.  A short time later, my wife and I ended up buying the house right next door to where that party was held, and we have tried our best in that time to be a good caretaker of it, for it will surely outlast us.

    But in this past decade I have also seen many demolitions of great buildings and houses, many poor quality renovations of homes, many pink brick "Bayonne Boxes" filling empty lots, and many attempts by developers to build the cheapest thing possible to best line their own pockets.  The downtown historic districts have been very successful at alleviating these problems, and it's plain to see that their long term effects are the #1 reason downtown is so successful right now and property values there are so strong.  But there has never been a non-downtown historic district in Jersey City, although that may change this week with your help.

    On Wednesday, June 10th, at 6 PM, in the City Hall Council Chambers (280 Grove St., 2nd Fl.) there will be a second reading of an ordinance to create a new West Bergen-East Lincoln Park Historic District.  This means there will be a public hearing where anyone may speak for or against the district, followed by a vote of the council to adopt it or not.  You can download and read the very detailed report defining the district on the Division of City Planning website.  The district has already been adopted as a NJ State Historic District and the federal government will almost certainly follow.  But the local municipal designation is the only one that actually protects the buildings within it, which is why it is so important we do not let the city drop the ball and not create it.  There is a very small, but very vocal minority of homeowners in the district who have been successful in delaying the city council vote until now, but the tide has recently turned.  We need you in attendance to speak for the district and ensure it is created!

    You may say that you do not live in the proposed district, and it's not your issue to support.  First off, if you believe in historic preservation at any level, this is the best way to protect the greatest number of historic structures close to home.  The JCLC was finally successful in recent years getting St. Johns Church designated a municipal landmark.  But that is just one building.  This measure will protect hundreds of buildings.  And secondly, we all know that there are more great unprotected historic neighborhoods all over Jersey City.  If you live in Bergen Hill, or on a historic block in the Heights, or in any historic area of the city, and wish to see a historic district created in your neighborhood, you must show your support! The JCLC strongly believes that if this district fails, there will never be another one created in Jersey City.

    This is a very critical point for the future of historic preservation in Jersey City, so please take some time this Wednesday night to keep moving things forward.  Let's make this the first new historic district to be created in Jersey City in decades!

    Thank you,

    Justin Frohwirth, President, JCLC

    P.S. Are you unable to attend the meeting?  Please send a quick note of support for creating the district to this email list of council members and the mayor:

    dcoleman@jcnj.org, RLavarro@jcnj.org, jwatterman@jcnj.org, DRivera@jcnj.org, FGajewski@jcnj.org, KRamchal@jcnj.org, RBoggiano@jcnj.org, MYun@jcnj.org, COsborne@jcnj.org, FulopS@jcnj.org

     

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    APRIL 22, 2015: FIRST READING AT CITY COUNCIL FOR PROPOSED HISTORIC DISTRICT IN JERSEY CITY

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    Please take a moment to mail, email or call the Jersey City Municipal Council imploring all Council members to support the designation of the proposed West Bergen-Lincoln Park Historic District during the first reading of the ordinance on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at City Hall, 280 Grove Street (two blocks south of Grove Street PATH).

    Thank you for your support as we continue to fight to preserve, protect and promote our community's historic neighborhoods!

    CONTACT INFO:

    • Address hard copy letters of support to: Jersey City Municipal Council, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302
    • Send emails or leave voice messages with Pam Andes, Council Secretary: Tel: (201) 547-5053 | Email: pandes@jcnj.org

     

    BATTLE TO SAVE HISTORIC CHURCH CONTINUES

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    SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

    St. John's Episcopal Church Awarded Unanimous Landmark Designation Vote By City Council!

    I am delighted that the City Council voted unanimously to landmark St. John’s Episcopal Church and by doing so, affirmed the importance of our City’s history.

    Thanks to Councilwoman Viola Richardson who introduced the ordinance to landmark the Church and ended her career in public service on a high note by insuring its passage.

    Thanks to all those who came out to speak in support of this ordinance, and special thanks to Edwin Ramirez who organized a petition drive that raised awareness of the cause and brought more people into the process of saving this treasure.

    Of course the Conservancy will work with the Diocese to find funding sources to help them adaptively re-use the Church to keep this resource standing for future generations.

    - John Hallanan III, Esq., JCLC President

    Read the News: JC Independent, Thursday, June 20, 2013

    Read the News: The Jersey Journal, Wednesday, June 19, 2013

    Follow the Official JC Landmarks Twitter Feeds Before, During + After the City Council Public Hearing:

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    GO TO THE JC LANDMARKS TWITTER CHANNEL logo

    MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ST. JOHN'S CAMPAIGN: John Hallanan at jjhallanan@gmail.com or READ THE LATEST JCLC NEWSLETTER

    ADDITIONAL COVERAGE: St. John's Update: The Jersey Journal, Friday, May 31, 2013 | View Now: St. John's Slide Show

    PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE CITY COUNCIL HEARING:

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    Photo: Jersey City Independent

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    Photo: Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy

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    Photo: Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy

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