Wednesday, February 28, 2007

SELHA Introduced in Senate

Below is from Jersey City Police Officer Dina Reilly, as Hamilton Park's homeless population is often brought up in neighborhood meetings.

The Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act (SELHA) was introduced on Feb. 14 by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Jack Reed (D-RI), with original co-sponsors Bill Nelson (D-FL), Mel Martinez (R-FL), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), and Susan Collins (R-ME). The bill, S. 593, calls for the establishment of a grant program for services in supportive housing.

"This legislation is critical to ending long-term homelessness in the next decade," said Deborah De Santis, President and CEO of CSH. "If enacted, SELHA would create an efficient mechanism for the federal Department of Health and Human Services to fund services in supportive housing for the long-term homeless, which would in turn leverage other streams of local, state, and federal funding needed to make supportive housing work for this vulnerable population."

The legislation was developed by a broad coalition led by CSH, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the National Alliance for Mental Illness, Enterprise, and the National AIDS Housing Coalition. For more information, visit http://www.csh. org/elhsi

Click to read CSH President and CEO Deborah De Santis' letters to Senator Burr and Senator Reed.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

City of Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission Public Notice

Please be advised that the following items will be heard at the Regular Meeting of the Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission, scheduled for WEDNESDAY, February 21, 2007 at 6:30 pm in the conference room of the Department of Housing, Economic Development, and Commerce on the 14th floor at 30 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ.

1. Call to Order
2. Sunshine Announcement
3. Roll Call
4. Approval of Minutes
5. Correspondence
6. Announcements
7. Open Public Comment

Old Business:
8. Case: H06-317
Applicant: Triumph of Jersey City, LLC, applicant for KAJN, LLC, owner
Address: 85 Morris Street
Block/Lot: 66/K
Zone: Paulus Hook Historic District
For: Certificate of Appropriateness to permit construction of permanent outdoor seating area with fencing and plantings, bluestone seating area, concrete planters, and flowerboxes adjacent to a three story contributing, altered, circa 1860, Greek Revival mixed use building.
(Work already completed)
Recommendation to Zoning Board of Adjustment

9. Case: H06-369
Applicant: Max Driven for 112 Morris Street Condo Association
Address: 112 Morris Street
Block/Lot: 99/62
Zone: Paulus Hook Historic District
For: Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of vinyl siding at the rear facade of the rear residential backhouse visible from the public right-of-way on a contributing, altered, circa 1890, transitional Italianate mixed use row house.

10. Case: H06-347
Applicant: A&R Home Development
, Joe Aponti
Address: 107 Coles Street
Block/Lot: 355/C
Zone: Hamilton Park Historic District
For: Certificate of Appropriateness for the new construction of a three story, one family townhouse on the corner of Coles Street and Sixth Street in the Hamilton Park Historic District.
Recommendation to Zoning Board of Adjustment

11. Case: H07-015
Applicant: Michael Jeavons, owner
Address: 349 York Street
Block/Lot: 342/J
Zone: Van Vorst Park Historic District
For: Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of aluminum windows on the primary facade visible from the public right-of-way, replacement of front entryway door in a non-historic configuration, and installation of an iron gate to replace under stoop door on a contributing, altered, circa 1885, Italianate row house.

12. Case: H07-025
Applicant: Benedetto LoPiccolo
Address: 322 Eighth Street
Block/Lot: 357/14
Zone: Hamilton Park Historic District
For: Certificate of Appropriateness for the installation of a new cornice design on previously approved new construction.

13. Landmark Designation Application Review & Recommendation
Applicant: Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy
Address: 116-130 Summit Avenue
Block/Lot: 1917/6.A
Zone: R-1, Bergen Hill Historic District (Eligible)
For: Designation of Saint John’s Episcopal Church, constructed 1871 and subsequently altered 1894, 1914 and later, and Rectory, constructed 1867 and subsequently altered 1910, as an individual landmark site. Formal action may be taken.
Recommendation to Planning Board
Recommendation to City Council

14. Memorialization of Resolutions
15. Executive Session as needed, to discuss litigation, personnel or other matters.
16. Adjournment

Kenneth Kalmis, Chairman

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Jersey City Planning Board Public Notice Regular Meeting

Please be advised the following items will be heard at a Regular Meeting of the Jersey City Planning Board, scheduled for Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City, New Jersey.

1. Call to Order
2. Sunshine Announcement
3. Roll Call
4. Correspondence
5. Memorialization of Resolutions
6. Old Business
7. New Business
8. Review and discussion of proposed amendments to the Morris Canal Redevelopment Plan. Formal action may be taken.

Carried From January 23, 2007

9. Review and discussion of proposed amendments to the Martin Luther King Drive Redevelopment Plan, creating a transit oriented Development Use. Formal action may be taken.
10. Review and Discussion of Proposed Amendments to Article V of the Jersey City Land Development Ordinance amending use and parking provisions of the NC, OR , and CBD zones and accessory use provision of the NC, OR , CBD, HC and Historic District zones. Formal action may be taken.
11. Review and discussion of proposed amendments to the Journal Square Redevelopment Plan. Formal action may be taken.
12. Review and discussion of proposed amendments to the Jersey Avenue Redevelopment Plan. Formal action may be taken.
13. Review and discussion of proposed amendments to the Grove Street II Redevelopment Plan. Formal action may be taken.
14. Certification of Artists as recommended by the Jersey City Artist Certification Board
15. Executive Session, as needed, to discuss litigation, personnel or other matters
16. Adjournment

MICHAEL A. RYAN, CHAIRMAN, PLANNING BOARD

Saturday, February 10, 2007

HPNA Library Archiving Project - Mission Accomplished Part I!


We extend our thanks to the volunteers that assisted with the first phase of the archiving effort. Many years of Hamilton Park history were sifted through, and we discovered some interesting artifacts of historical significance.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Archiving Volunteers Needed Tomorrow

Come volunteer an hour or two tomorrow (Saturday, 2/10) and help with our HPNA Library Archiving Project!

Details
Date: Saturday, 2/10/07
Time: 11am to 3pm
Location: Pavonia Branch Library (326 8th Street)

This is a fun project sorting and archiving the past 30 years of HPNA newsletters, news clippings, photographs, maps, and development documents. Please come give us a hand, meet your neighbors, and learn about Hamilton Park history. Lunch and refreshments will be served.

Any questions? Drop an email to cowmowsow@aol. com or call 201-222-9070.

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy at Community Meeting



Joshua Parkhurst of the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy at the Cordero School discussed current legislation pending in the New Jersey state Assembly that would provide tax credits for restoration of properties.

Monday, February 5, 2007

February Community Meeting: Wednesday, February 7, 2007, 7:45 p.m.

Please note our new meeting start time: 7:45 p.m.

Location
The Cordero School
Erie Street, between 9th Street and Pavonia Avenue

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MEETING AGENDA

7:45 to 8:00 Crime Report
Police Officer Dina Reilly from the East District Police Department will come to discuss our neighborhood crime concerns. The Jersey City Police Department has a new website, www.njjcpd.org that provides extensive Department Information as well as Preventive Tips. Also please note that the non-emergency police number is (201) 547-5477.

8:00 - 8:15 Councilman Fulop
Ward E Councilman Steve Fulop will give an update on the Hamilton Park Renovation Project and provide a recap on Redevelopment Pay to Play outcome in addition to offering his insights on any future possibilities of reviving that proposed legislation.

8:15 - 8:30 Joshua Parkhurst on Historic Tax Credit
Joshua Parkhurst of the Jersey City Landmarks society will discuss current legislation pending in the New Jersey state Assembly that would provide tax credits for restoration of properties that are either a) on the state and national register of historic places or b) in districts, such as Hamilton Park, that are on the national register of historic places. The credit would be an income tax credit of 25% of any restoration that is in accordance with Secretary of Interior standards. The credit could also be spread over a period of time.

8:30 - 8:40 Andrew Hubsch of CivicJC
Andrew will discuss the purpose and goals of this organization and its mission.

8:40 - 8:50 Cynthia Chovan-Dalton of Downtown Harvest
Downtown Harvest is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) in Jersey City (a CSA is defined as a group of people who join together to help financially support a small-scale, local farmer in exchange for nutritious and fresh organic produce.) It is sponsored by OLC Church, but open to anyone. Downtown Harvest will open enrollment for the 2007 season on February 8 at OLC with a presentation and a chance to meet the farmer, John Krueger of Starbrite Farm. Cynthia Chovan-Dalton will provide a brief overview and answer questions at this month's HPNA meeting.

8:50 to 9:00 Your Ideas and Suggestions are Welcome
We welcome your ideas, suggestions and concerns and ask that you express them during our meetings. If you cannot make one of our meetings please feel free to contact us via sjsesq@comcast.net with your suggestions. We are also looking for volunteers to help distribute the newsletter. We only ask that a volunteer distribute the newsletter on one block. This helps keep all of our neighbors informed about our activities, community news and draws in more people to share their talents and ideas.

9:00 - 9:30 Neighborhood social time, chat with presenters.

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Volunteers Needed for ESL Program
The HPNA is partnering with the Jersey City Free Public Library to offer an ESL conversation program, which will be kicking off next Wednesday, 2/7, at the Pavonia Branch Library. This program will offer intermediate level students of English an opportunity to practice speaking in a comfortable setting. More volunteers are needed to lead conversational groups. The sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-7:45 p.m. on the eight Wednesday evenings in February and March. Volunteers should be enthusiastic, dependable, and of native or near-native fluency in English. If you are interested, contact HPNA liaison Brigid Cahalan at 201-420-8638 or bcahalan@nypl.org.

HPNA Archiving Project at Pavonia Branch Library
The archiving of neighborhood newsletters, information, and history collected by the HPNA over the past 30 years will take place at the Pavonia Branch Library at 326 8th Street on Saturday, February 10th. Exact time will be announced at WednesdayĆ¢€™s HPNA meeting and on our Yahoo! group list. Please come out and volunteer a couple hours to help us archive!

Please visit the HPNA Website at: www.hamiltonpark.org

To receive our newsletters electronically, please register at our yahoo groups site at: HPNA-JC-Public-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Volunteers Needed for ESL Program at the Pavonia Branch of the JC Public Library

The HPNA is partnering with the Jersey City Free Public Library to offer an ESL conversation program, which will be kicking off next Wednesday, 2/7, at the Pavonia Branch Library. This program will offer intermediate level students of English an opportunity to practice speaking in a comfortable setting. More volunteers are needed to lead conversational
groups.

The sessions will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-7:45 p.m.on the eight Wednesday evenings in February and March.
Volunteers should be enthusiastic, dependable, and of native or near-native fluency in English.

If you are interested, contact HPNA liaison Brigid Cahalan at 201-420-8638 or bcahalan@nypl. org.