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Posted by C. Stribling on July 17, 2005 at 10:17:54:

The Monticello Community Development Corporation (MCDC) is a
non-profit corporation consisting of community residents, business and
property owners and other stakeholders working to revitalize and
economically stimulate Monticello Avenue by implementing a recognized
four-point approach to revitalization as prescribed by the Main Street
programs of the National Trust For Historic Preservation and the State
of New Jersey.


Monticello Avenue…
… a gathering place, a cultural center, a proud neighborhood.

An historically-preserved neighborhood
shopping district with an arts overlay offering a mix of retail,
restaurants, service businesses, and arts-related venues and
activities reflecting Jersey City's diversity, strong sense of
community, and unique geographic setting.


In the Spring of 2001 neighborhood meetings were held via a "steering
committee" to galvanize the community into creating a unified "Vision"
for the Monticello Avenue corridor.

The steering committee outreached to community organizations to assist
with creating a cohesive plan for Monticello's revitalization,
resulting in the more formal organization now known as the Monticello
Community Development Corporation (MCDC). Participating organizations
include the Jersey City Economic Development Corp., Jersey City
Episcopal Community Development Corp., Women Rising and Fairmount
Housing, Jersey City Planning Division, Jersey City Community Police
Partnership, and the New Jersey Dept. of Transportation. Sub-
committees were formed to research the area's history and
architectural significance, compile a list of available
abandoned/foreclosed/for sale properties, and also provide outreach to
the community in order to involve additional retail merchants in the


• Create an economic and cultural center for our Monticello Avenue

• Design new or rehabilitate existing buildings to attract those who
come to learn, or seek entertainment and cultural activities.

• Create a neighborhood where residents and visitors feel safe.

• Create and develop jobs, and stabilize the surrounding neighborhood.

• Create a link between the shopping districts of the MLK Hub,
McGinley Square, and Journal Square.

• Create a hallmark for an interesting neighborhood to live in that
all of Jersey City will be proud of.

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