Jersey City officials, local community groups, and small business owners recently gathered to celebrate the commencement of a $6.7 million makeover of the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza. The plaza, or pedestrian mall, is located on Newark Avenue between Grove Street and Erie Street, and partially extends down Bay Street.
When complete, the expanded plaza will span roughly a third of a mile.
The plaza was first created in 2015 as an experiment to create a public outdoor destination. City planners closely monitored the mall’s impact on traffic flow and affected businesses within the area. In 2018, the mall was extended an additional block in response to overwhelming support from the small business community and local residents.
During the pandemic, the creation of quality outdoor spaces and passive recreation areas was recognized as an even greater necessity and the city acted quickly to put a plan in motion.
The $6.7 million investment will make the plaza a permanent fixture in the neighborhood and will fund the installation of stone pavers, larger planters, benches, pedestrian safety bollards, and area for a stage, among other public space features.
Construction is expected to wrap as early as October.