Coalition Achievements

Coalition Achievements

  • Withdrawal of a City redevelopment plan to demolish the historic structure

  • Documentation of the history and present contribution of the structure to the integrity of two National Historic Districts

  • Nomination of the site for historic status at the state, federal, and city levels. This nomination was reviewed and approved by the State Review Board for Historic Places, the Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission, the Jersey City Planning Board, the Jersey City Municipal Council and Mayor Glenn L. Cunningham. The Embankment was listed on the State Register of Historic Places in 1999, is eligible for listing on the National Register and was declared a Municipal Landmark in January 2003. Following a court challenge, it was once again landmarked in 2005.

  • Endorsements from community, citywide, regional, and national organizations and elected officials at all levels of government

  • Site cleanups, tree plantings, tours, talks, and other events – with the participation of hundreds of adults and students

  • Draft designs for a street-level promenade along the base of the Embankment on Sixth Street to link up with the Hudson Waterfront Walkway

  • Coordination with Newport Associates and Avalon Cove developers on design for public access to the Hudson Waterfront Walkway at the eastern end of Sixth Street

  • Embankment designation by the East Coast Greenway Alliance as part of the East Coast Greenway main route through Hudson County. The East Coast Greenway is a 3,000-mile National Millennium Trail extending from Florida to Maine; it is more than 50 percent complete in New Jersey. Segments of the off-road trail exist in Jersey City and an entire interim trail is also designated and has signage.

  • Identification of historic site, open space and transportation funds available from the state or federal governments or from private sources for acquisition, improvement, and maintenance of the site

  • An earmark, sponsored by Congressman Robert Menendez, in the SAFETEA bill that passed Congress in July 2005

  • Identification of development costs for 6-acre park and greenway, including ADA-compliant access, fencing, bridges re-connecting blocks that can hold emergency vehicles, landscaping, lighting and amenities.

  • Work with City-hired T&M Associates to refine development costs

  • Preparation to promote wide and deep public input into park design, once property is acquired

  • Presentation of objector's case before the Zoning Board of Adjustment that resulted in denial of demolition permits for the Embankment

  • Pursuit of historic and environmental protections provided by federal railway abandonment law

What is the Coalition?

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The Embankment Preservation Coalition is a nonprofit volunteer organization.  It educates the public about the Embankment and works with local, regional, and national supporters to protect the landmark for reuse as a habitat-oriented park and greenway, with potential for rail use.

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