Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
JERSEY CITY — Edwin Davis moved to Orient Avenue from Manhattan about a year ago and felt some initial trepidation about the area.
Located near the Hub shopping center on Martin Luther King Drive, the neighborhood struggles with poverty, unemployment and crime. Residents nicknamed the local McDonald's "Smackdonald's" because of drug addicts they see congregating there in the early-morning hours.
But Davis, 57, who was steered to the area by a real-estate broker, said he's "happy to be here." He's even more excited now that the city plans to open a new municipal building in the Hub plaza.
"This gives me hope that this will be a really interesting area and I'm here at the beginning of it," he said.
Davis was one of about three dozen residents and public officials who attended this afternoon's groundbreaking ceremony for the $20 million new municipal building, a City Hall annex that will house about 300 workers when it opens in February 2018.