Planned implosion brings down 62-year-old Jersey City public housing

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A group of 62-year-old Jersey City public housing buildings was successfully demolished Saturday after the city and developers deemed the three vacant buildings an eyesore.

The implosion of the three former public housing buildings will make way for a mixed income, affordable senior housing community.

The demolition of Montgomery Gardens  took place at 9 a.m. Saturday.

"Building better affordable housing has been a priority for our administration so we are excited to move this project forward," Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said in a release to NJ.com earlier this week.  "Saturday will be a great day for McGinley Square and Jersey City and we hope the community will join us as we turn the page on this new chapter for our city."

Streets around the area were slated to be closed from 6 a.m. until noon.

Residents in the two-block exclusion zone around Montgomery Gardens were advised to keep their home windows closed before and during the implosion. The city will monitor air quality after the implosion as the dust settles to determine when roads can be opened.

Curious locals were allowed to set up shop at the corner of Fremont and Bright streets for view the implosion.