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Hudson County Launches Website for New Justice Complex Project

"Help is on the way" - Roadway Improvements Underway as First Phase of Construction

Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise today announced the launch of HudsonCountyCourthouse.com, a new website to inform constituents about the Honorable Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex project. The County also announced significant progress regarding roadway work in preparation for construction of the new courthouse, including the near completion of the Central Avenue extension and the start of work to widen Oakland Avenue.

"Assignment Judge Peter Bariso put it best when he described our current court facilities as 'essentially kept alive with Band-Aids,' so even while we remain focused on responding to the coronavirus, we are thrilled to be moving forward with this long-overdue project," said Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise. “A courthouse is a once-in-a-generation project with unique security and functional needs, and our new website is designed to answer the community’s questions and keep residents informed on the project status. Even before we break ground on the new courthouse, this project will deliver immediate noticeable benefits to the Journal Square neighborhood in the form of an improved street network and reduced congestion. We've all been stuck in that Newark Avenue traffic, and I’m glad to say that help is on the way!"

The project website includes a project overview, renderings, history and need, benefits - including traffic circulation improvements and new open space, schedule, news updates, and frequently asked questions. Residents can also sign up to receive email updates on the project by visiting https://updates.HudsonCountyCourthouse.com.

The first phase of construction includes reconfiguring the street network, which will improve traffic flow through the neighborhood, reduce bottlenecks, and facilitate access to the Journal Square Transportation Center.

To date, the County has nearly completed the construction of the new two-way Central Avenue Extension, including relocation of utilities, concrete work, paving of the roadway, and construction of a new sidewalk along the north side of Newark Avenue between Central Avenue and Oakland Avenue. A new traffic signal will also be installed at the corner of Newark Avenue and Central Avenue. In addition, work has begun to widen Oakland Avenue from one-way into a two-way street.

The work may require the intermittent closing of streets during construction. The County is making every effort to minimize disruptions to the community. Overall, the roadway changes and upgrades include:

  • Central Avenue, currently interrupted between Hoboken and Newark Avenues, will be reconnected by the two-way Central Avenue Extension Project.
  • Oakland Avenue will be widened from a one-way street to a two-way street with parking on one side.
  • Cook Street will be closed and absorbed into the project site of the Justice Complex.
  • Hoboken Avenue will be closed between Oakland Avenue and Central Avenue to allow the proposed Courthouse and parking structure to share a single uninterrupted lot.
  • A new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Newark and Central Avenues (currently unsignalized).
  • The traffic signal at Newark Avenue and Oakland Avenue will be upgraded to a 4-way signal.
  • All traffic signals along Newark Avenue - at Five Corners, Central Avenue, Oakland Avenue, and Baldwin Avenue - will be coordinated to reduce traffic congestion.

In particular, the upgrades are expected to dramatically reduce wait times at Newark Avenue and Central Avenue during weekday morning peak hours.

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Official launch of construction

Hudson County and Jersey City Announce Partnership to Create the First Park in Journal Square

Hudson County and Jersey City Announce Partnership to Create the First Park in Journal Square

JERSEY CITY – Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop today announced a partnership to create a new approximately 3-acre public park in Journal Square as part of the construction of the Honorable Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex. The new complex will replace the antiquated Hudson County Administration Building located at 595 Newark Avenue, while the historic William J. Brennan Courthouse will remain and be partially renovated.

“Our partnership will create a beautiful new public park for residents to enjoy as the new courthouse complex serves as a catalyst for the revitalization of Journal Square,” said County Executive DeGise. “This long-overdue project will not only serve as an anchor for the neighborhood, but will also deliver much-needed traffic and circulation improvements."

After the Hudson County Administration Building offices have been relocated to the new facility, Jersey City will pay for the demolition and removal of the vacated structure.

"This agreement will bring the first park to the Journal Square area, where many kids and adults alike who live or work in the area will now have an open public space to enjoy,” said Mayor Fulop. “This is the latest example not only of our continued efforts to transform areas in need of improvement for the betterment of our residents, but it also highlights the importance of partnerships between city and county government. I also want to thank our local neighborhood organizations for working with us to find a plan that best meets the community’s needs."

“Thank you to the county for working with us to create some much needed green space in Ward C,” said Councilman Richard Boggiano. With development happening everywhere in my ward, I’m really excited to have something like this for the thousands of people and families who live near Journal Square."

“The Courthouse Park Advocacy Group is thrilled to see our dream of a new public park being created in the heart of Ward C become a reality,” said Laura Moss, Founder of the Courthouse Park Advocacy Group. “We wish to thank the City and the County for listening to the needs of our community and working together with us on this very important issue. This is a once in a generation opportunity and we look forward to continuing our support of this venture to create a world class green space for all residents and visitors to enjoy."

Honorable Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex Overview

Since the 1980s, numerous studies have determined that the Hudson County Administration Building is inadequate and overburdened, all concluding that the building should be replaced. The new Honorable Frank J Guarini Justice Complex will house 24 Courtrooms, Hearing and Mediation Rooms, Grand Jury, and Jury Assembly spaces, Courts Administration, the Hudson County Prosecutor, the Surrogate, and the Sheriff’s Department.

The complex will be bounded by Newark Ave, Oakland Ave, Rt 139, and a new 2-way Central Avenue extension that will be constructed between Hoboken Ave and Newark Ave. Cook Street will be removed, and Oakland Avenue, currently a one-way street, will be widened to accommodate two-way traffic. The reconfigured street network will improve traffic flow through the neighborhood and facilitate access to the Journal Square Transportation Center.

Official launch of construction

Pre-Construction Kickoff with Congressman Guarini

Hudson County officials joined former Congressman Frank Guarini to kick off the pre-construction phase of the future Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex project. The project will replace the County Administration Building at 595 Newark Avenue when completed in late 2022. Atteneeds on hand included Congressman Guarini, County Executive Tom DeGise, Freeholder Board Chair Anthony Vainieri, Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari, Judge Peter Bariso, County Administrator Abraham Antun, and County Director of Roads and Public Property Denise Dalessandro.