We all know the Pedestrian Plaza, located right on Newark Ave. It opened in 2015 and has since been a space for everyone to enjoy food, drinks, and community events. The appeal of the Plaza includes moveable planters and tables with seats in order to make this a public gathering space. The city recently extended the Pedestrian Plaza to Jersey Ave, and they’re continuing to make improvements based on what could work in the area and the feedback from the community.
We reached out to Brian Platt the the city’s business administrator (and also one of our favorite people in the world)
So, what changes are expected to come with the street being closed off to traffic?
The city has recently secured $1 million of capital funds to move forward with making enhancements to the Pedestrian Plaza. The plan for improvements includes stone pavers, larger planters with benches, and other public space features. The changes are expected to start in the fall and, with public support, the improvements could be permanent.
The City is taking public feedback into account on this extension, including at public meetings with residents and local businesses. If you have questions or concerns, you can contact Councilman James Solomon or Business Administrator Brian Platt. You can find more information on the Pedestrian Plaza on jerseycitynj.gov/PedestrianMall.