Artists in Jersey City celebrate after City Council gives landmark status to building

Artists in Jersey City celebrated a victory Thursday after the Jersey City Council gave landmark historic status to a building they are trying to keep from being torn down.

Dozens of artists rent studios in the building on 111 First Street. According to a Jersey City councilman, any renovation to the building now has to go through the Historic Preservation Commission.

The decision comes after years of tension between the artists and their landlord, who wants to tear the building down and put up a luxury highrise. The building owners attorney says the now historic structure is dangerous and falling apart.

The building is part of a six-square block area of Jersey City included in the new landmark district.

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