100 Steps Linking Jersey City Heights to Hoboken Opening to Public

City officials break ground on the 100 Steps project

The 100 Steps linking the Jersey City Heights to Hoboken are now complete and will be open to the public starting tomorrow, city officials said.

Tomorrow, Nov. 6, at 1 pm, Mayor Steven Fulop, City Council members and leaders of local neighborhood associations will cut the ribbon on the steps, which are at the foot of Mountain Road and Paterson Plank Road.

The 100 Steps project was a restoration of the original Franklin Street Steps which were built more than a century ago and torn down in the 1990s. To make the steps useable again, workers had to construct a structural steel stairway descending from Franklin Street to Mountain Road at 100 Paterson Plank road, where the Cliff Condominium complex is located.

Installed during the project, which began in June (see a photo of the ground breaking, at right), were a metal stairway with open grate treads on concrete piers, concrete curbs and sidewalks at the approaches, a chain link fence, decorative lights, landscaping and signage.

Funding for the project included the original developer’s contribution of $250,000; a Department of Transportation grant from the Transportation Trust Fund for $300,000; a revision to the Developer’s Agreement that authorized a special assessment for an amount not to exceed $257,000. The remaining costs, $389,345.20, were paid by the city.

Of the community activists who campaigned to have the steps rebuilt, the Riverview Neighborhood Association (RNA) was the most vocal in its support of the project.

“We have many residents who commute to and from Hoboken, Downtown Jersey City and New York who need more direct access to and from Hoboken,” said RNA president Becky Hoffman. “We also need residents from below to come up here and enjoy our events and frequent the Riverview Arts District and businesses along Palisade Avenue.”

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Summer Dawn Hortillosa

is a freelance arts and entertainment writer whose work has appeared in the Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal, the International and other publications. She is also a creative writer and theatrical director.