After years of efforts, construction will finally begin to bring a proper plaza to one of Jersey City’s top destinations.
Newark Pedestrian Plaza was created back in 2015 when Grove Street was shut down due to vehicular traffic, and eventually expanded to Jersey Avenue as well. It was designed to be temporary, and a permanent version was slated to cost $4 million.
COVID-19 put a delay on the plans to break ground on the plaza, but the Jersey City council officially announced the vote to approve a contract with J.C. Contracting.
“The creation of the pedestrian plaza was a risk our administration took when first elected as there was significant pushback, but I think over time it has become clear to everyone that the changes we made there have attracted more people, allowed more businesses to open, and created a destination spot for visitors and residents,” said Mayor Fulop.
Included in the renovation will be a permanent stage for community events, additional restaurant seating and more room for foot traffic.