JERSEY CITY, NJ - Setting up the next moves towards the development of a new Hudson County Court Complex on Newark Avenue, the Hudson County Board of Freeholders are expected to vote on a series of resolutions authorizing the county to seek bids for the construction of the $325 million project at their February 13 meeting.
Earlier this year, the freeholders designated the Hudson County Improvement Authority (HCIA) as the redeveloper for the project dubbed The Honorable Frank J. Guarini Justice Complex.
Over the last several years, in an effort to replace the dilapidated current complex at 595 Newark Avenue, the county has purchased properties along Newark and Oakland Avenues as the site of the new complex in what is called the Journal Square Redevelopment Area.
A second resolution on the agenda authorizes financing of the extension of Central Avenue from its current terminus at Hoboken Avenue, using the existing Oakland Avenue, while a third action will acknowledge a memorandum of understanding to sell the existing Administration Building to the the City of Jersey City for $1. Jersey City will then pay the estimated $15 million demolition and remediation costs and transform the space into a park.
Freeholders Bill O’Dea and Jerry Walker have both warned that potential developers need to outline in their proposals plans to use local labor force, suppliers and other Hudson County businesses.
“If a construction company doesn’t have it in their proposal, I don’t want to even look at their bid,” O’Dea said.
The construction of the new courthouse complex is expected to take up to four years and be done in phases. A proposed 530 car garage will be the first structure built near Route 139 and be followed by the construction of the building that will feature the front facing the newly extended Central Avenue.
As the County will continue to operate out of the current space demolition of the existing courthouse will likely be one of the last components of the project.
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