JERSEY CITY (CBSNewYork) — A struggle between New Jersey housing builders and supporters of historical preservation is heating up as Victorian houses from the 1800s are being changed via the unfold of so-called “Bayonne Box” houses.
“Where these two houses now stand used to be a Grand Victorian with a driveway that was purchase a year and a half ago for over $800,000,” Paul Amatuzzo, of the Pershing Field Neighborhood Association, advised CBS2’s Meg Baker. “It was pushed over immediately, and now we have these two in fill houses here that completely take away from the street that we’re on if you see it in context.”
Now, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has put a moratorium on demolitions till the town council can vote on a brand new ordinance governing tearing down previous houses.
“The goal is really kind of recognizing the city’s history and some of the nicer buildings there. Not every building needs to be protected, but there are some that should,” he stated.
“The new ordinance basically is designed so that each (developer) that applies for a demonlition permit will go before the Historic Preservation office,” stated Amatuzzo. “Then each house would get a fair assessment on its historic value, architectural style, it’s contributing aesthetics to the neighborhood, and if it ties to any historic event or family or person.”
A bunch of builders is preventing again with a lawsuit.
Jorge Cruz, of JC Urban Investments, stated the moratorium on construction hurts the commercial construction of Jersey City.
“It affects all trades, from subcontractors, to material suppliers, and to even homeowners, and real estate agents — so it affects an entire industry,” he stated.
Cruz stated the structure of an older house could also be awkward to switch, so he prefers to begin recent.
The town council will vote at the ordinance at a gathering on April 25.