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Hudson County Improvement Authority CEO Norman Guerra, Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson Vicinage Assignment Judge Peter F. Bariso, Hudson County Administrator Abe Anton, Hudson County Freeholder and Public Safety Committee Chair Anthony Romano, Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari

Hudson County Marks Major Milestone in New Courthouse Complex Construction With 200-Truck Concrete Pour

Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise and the Hudson County Improvement Authority today announced a major milestone in the construction of the Hudson County Honorable Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex with the first substantial concrete pour of the project. The new complex will replace the outdated Hudson County Administration Building at 595 Newark Avenue.

On July 28 - following the removal to date of over 31,384 cubic yards of soil and excavation and removal of 17,720 cubic yards of rock to construct the courthouse basement - contractors completed the first substantial concrete pour of the 3-foot-thick basement pressure mat.

"This major milestone underscores the County's commitment to building a modern courthouse complex that will serve as a catalyst for the revitalization of the neighborhood," said Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise.

The new courthouse is named after former U.S. Congressman Frank Guarini, who donated a parcel of land for the project.

"I am deeply humbled and honored to be part of the new Hudson County Courthouse project," said former Congressman Frank Guarini. "Our great county will benefit from this historic moment and lead the way for future generations to come."

The pour of 2,055 cubic yards of concrete required over 200 concrete truck deliveries and 2 concrete pump trucks. Approximately 125 tons of steel rebar was also embedded in the concrete pour.

"We're proud of the on-schedule progress we're making and look forward to safely and efficiently completing this important project," said Hudson County Improvement Authority CEO Norman Guerra.

The 18,500 square foot area poured represents 36% of the 51,400 square foot basement area. Subsequent pours are scheduled for August and September.

Approximately 100 construction workers are currently working on the site, with a projected peak of 300 workers as the project advances.

Additional project information, including renderings, a video, FAQ, signup form for project updates, and more, can be found at the project website, www.hudsoncountycourthouse.com.

Constrution underway on the Hudson County Justice Complex

Hudson County Courthouse Construction Update

As construction begins on Hudson County’s new Honorable Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex, Hudson County and the Hudson County Improvement Authority (HCIA) are taking all possible measures to minimize impacts on the surrounding neighborhood.

Work Overview: February

The project contractor, Terminal Construction Corporation, has received permits to commence work. Starting in early February, major work will include the excavation of soil from the project site.

Enhanced Noise and Vibration Monitoring

An increase in construction noise is expected to occur due to the removal of soils scheduled to begin in early February. The County and HCIA are implementing enhanced measures beyond local requirements, including the use of vibration sensors, to monitor construction and ensure that vibrations remain within allowable limits.

Other Impact Mitigation Measures

In addition to monitoring for vibration, soil erosion and dust control measures are being implemented, including a construction fence around the perimeter of the project site with a sediment control silt fence and the use of water trucks.

Hours of Work

Consistent with local regulations, the anticipated hours of construction are:

  • Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

There will be no rock hammering work taking place on Saturdays. At this time, there is no work scheduled for Sundays, however local regulations permit construction on Sundays between 9am and 6pm.

Traffic and Circulation

Oakland Avenue will remain one-way northbound with one lane of parking on the west side of the street. The new Central Avenue extension has been opened as a one-way southbound road between Hoboken Avenue and Newark Avenue.

The portion of Central Avenue between Hoboken Avenue and Rt. 139 will remain a two-way road.

Cook Street as well as Hoboken Avenue between Oakland Avenue and Central Avenue have been been permanently closed to traffic. The nearby parking lot has also been closed.

Two-way Traffic will remain on Newark Avenue, however construction fencing will take up the parking on the north side of the street.

When construction is complete, both Central Avenue and Oakland Avenue will become two-way streets.

Front: Congressman Frank Guarini. Back (left to right): Hudson County Improvement Authority CEO Norman Guerra, Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson Vicinage Assignment Judge Peter F. Bariso, Hudson County Administrator Abe Anton, Hudson County Freeholder and Public Safety Committee Chair Anthony Romano, Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari Front: Congressman Frank Guarini. Back (left to right): Hudson County Improvement Authority CEO Norman Guerra, Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise, Hudson Vicinage Assignment Judge Peter F. Bariso, Hudson County Administrator Abe Anton, Hudson County Freeholder and Public Safety Committee Chair Anthony Romano, Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari

Hudson County Announces Start of Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex Construction

Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise today announced the start of construction of the Honorable Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex, which will replace the outdated Hudson County Administration Building at 595 Newark Avenue.

“After many years of planning, this once-in-a-generation transformational project is finally breaking ground and underway,” said Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise. “I am grateful to Congressman Guarini for his lifetime of service to our country and the generous donation that helped make this project possible. While the courthouse will be a catalyst for the revitalization of the neighborhood, the community will begin to see immediate traffic improvement benefits as we complete improvements to the roadway network as the first phase of construction.”

The new courthouse is named after former U.S. Congressman Frank Guarini, who donated a parcel of land for the project and who was recently presented with a framed rendering of the courthouse complex as a token of appreciation.

“We are very grateful to Congressman Guarini and the government of Hudson County for their generous support and leadership,” said Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. “The new justice complex now underway will better serve the people of Hudson County and enhance the cause of justice.”

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 and that it would be "enormously expensive" to address the security, electrical, and asbestos problems.

Rendering of the Honorable Frank J. Guarini Justice ComplexRendering of the Honorable Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex

“It is said the Wheels of Justice Turn Slowly,” said Hudson Vicinage Assignment Judge Peter F. Bariso Jr. “Although it was an arduous journey to a new courthouse, The Honorable Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex was well worth the extraordinary efforts in making Hudson Proud!”

The contractor, Terminal Construction Corporation, is required to enter into a Project Labor Agreement for the project, which will create up to 600 well-paying construction jobs. The County and HCIA are committed to working with the Hudson County Building Trades to maximize minority apprenticeships for the project, which will also have the largest component of small, minority, women and veteran-owned vendors of any project in county history.

“The Hudson County Improvement Authority is committed to working collaboratively to build a state-of-the-art Justice Complex that meets the needs of Hudson County’s residents, judicial groups, and law enforcement agencies,” said CEO Norman Guerra. “With shovels in the ground, the HCIA will continue to make itself available to our County partners to ensure this project is completed safely and precisely.”

The contractor has begun to mobilize and is expected to begin work before the end of the year. The new complex will house 24 courtrooms (2 civil, 10 criminal, and 12 family), hearing and mediation rooms, grand jury, and jury assembly spaces. Courts administration, the Hudson County Prosecutor, Surrogate, and Sheriff will also have office space in the building. Amenities will include a 75-seat public cafeteria, a self-help law library, a children’s play area, and training spaces for staff. The Hudson County Improvement Authority has been designated as the developer of the project.

Model of the Honorable Frank J. Guarini Justice ComplexModel of the Honorable Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex

“We are looking forward to the new Hudson County Justice Complex which will provide much-needed improvements to the facilities for the benefit of the judicial and prosecutorial staff and the community we serve, as well as visitors, litigants, and attorneys,” said Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. “Our criminal justice system is a central service of our government and we know how important it is for everyone who walks through the courthouse doors to enter a space with improved access to services and increased safety.”

The landmark William J. Brennan Courthouse will remain and will be renovated. After construction of the new courthouse is complete, the removal of the Hudson County Administration Building, through a partnership with Jersey City, will open a 3-acre area for the creation of the first public park in Journal Square.

"The new courthouse will be a quality court facility with state-of-the-art elements that provide more protection and security for the judiciary, employees, and the public," said Hudson County Sheriff Frank X. Schillari. "It will provide a better facility that enables the Sheriff's Office to ensure the orderly, peaceful and safe conduct of court business as we serve the citizens of Hudson County."

“I'd like to thank Congressman Guarini for his dedication to the residents of Hudson County and steadfast commitment to building a new Justice Complex,” said Freeholder Chairman Anthony P. Vainieri Jr. “This project makes Hudson County glow and will keep our judiciary staff safe in the workplace while equipping them with the necessary tools to better serve the public. Having a Freeholder Board that works with the County Executive and his administration benefits everyone and I could not be more proud to be part of this major milestone. I thank everyone involved for all their hard work to ensure Hudson County residents are receiving the best possible services.

The first phase of construction which is nearly complete includes reconfiguring the street network, which will improve traffic flow through the neighborhood. The Justice Complex will be bounded by Newark Avenue, Oakland Avenue, Rt 139, and a new 2-way Central Avenue extension that is being constructed between Hoboken Avenue and Newark Avenue. In addition, Oakland Avenue is being widened to accommodate two-way traffic. Cook Street and Hoboken Avenue between Oakland Avenue and Central Avenue will be removed.

Additional project information, including renderings, a video, FAQ, signup form for project updates, and more, can be found at the project website, www.hudsoncountycourthouse.com.

New Central Avenue ExtensionNew Central Avenue Extension

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.

Paving of new Central Avenue ExtensionPaving of new Central Avenue Extension
New sidewalk along Newark AvenueNew sidewalk along Newark Avenue
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.