Jersey City Filipinos reach deal with developers to save historic Philippine Plaza monument

JERSEY CITY, NJ — Longtime Filipino-American residents were worried that a new highrise building being developed in their neighborhood could erase a monument that symbolizes the presence of Filipinos in the area. The community is now breathing a huge sigh of relief.

Manila Avenue’s Philippine Plaza – the center of Filipino presence and activities in Jersey City for decades — represents how Filipinos worked hard to buy their own homes here more than 40 years ago, turning it into a vibrant community that it is today.

But a proposed development of a luxury highrise and a massive elementary school had longtime residents worried, not only of gentrification but of the removal of a monument representing the area’s Filipino history.

So they met with the developers to make sure the Filipino historical landmark stays intact.

The developers promised not only to keep the Philippine plaza — but to enhance, maintain and expand it to four times its original size, for Filipino community to enjoy for years to come.

Don Tagala tells us more.

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