JERSEY CITY, NJ - The Jersey City Council will hold a public hearing Thursday to consider the creation of an Exchange Place pedestrian mall that would extend from Hudson Street to the Hudson River Walkway.

If approved, the plan, which also proposes to close a small portion of Christopher Columbus Street to most traffic, would provide open space for local businesses to use for potential outdoor cafes. While largely considered a financial center for Jersey City, the area also features a number of eateries which could benefit from the outdoor seating.

The city set up a pilot program in 2018 to study the effects of closing streets and other pedestrian patterns. The Katyn monument, which the city proposed being moved, will remain where it is at the foot of Montgomery Street.

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The project would be paid for by the Exchange Place Alliance Special Improvement District and would also create additional green space in an area heavily dominated by steel and concrete.

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