The Fulop Administration is taking the first step toward revitalizing the Montgomery Gardens public housing project tomorrow when it demolishes three of the complex’s six buildings at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 29.
From 6 am to noon, streets around the site will be closed to both vehicles and pedestrians as buildings #3, #5, and #6 are destroyed. A map of the street closures is included at the end of this article. Parking in the area will also be limited.
In place of these buildings 126 brand new units will be constructed. One hundred sixteen units will be subject to rent restrictions: rent will be limited to 30 percent of tenants’ income in 78 units, and limited to 60 percent Annual Median Income in 38 units, the remaining ten units will be market rate.
Residents wishing to view the implosion are being directed to a dedicated site at the corner of Fremont and Bright Streets. Spectators are advised to arrive at 8 am—a full hour before the demolition—to secure a good viewing spot, as parking near this location will be limited as well.
The Jersey City Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security has also issued an environmental advisory in connection with the day’s demolition urging residents in the two-block exclusion zone around Montgomery Gardens to keep their home windows closed prior to and during the implosion. As the dust settles (literally), city officials will be monitoring the air quality in the area to determine if the roads can be opened earlier than currently planned.
JCI file photo by Jennifer Weiss