Hoboken seeks to acquire Union Dry Dock on waterfront for park

The Union Dry Dock property is the last remaining vestige of the Hoboken waterfront's industrial past

HOBOKEN–According to a press release from the city, Mayor Dawn Zimmer is pursuing the Union Dry Dock property on the northern waterfront for a waterfront park.
Union Dry Dock, a working long-time business, has sent a letter (viewable with the link below) to the city stating that it is “not legally able” to discuss the sale of the property to Hoboken at this time.
The letter from attorney James Burke states that he does not represent Union Dry Dock in regards to parties interested in purchasing the property, but that he contacted the law firm that does, and they advised that Union Dry Dock can not engage in negotiations for the sale of their property at this time.
As a result, the City Council will be asked to authorize the use of eminent domain at their meeting next week in order to provide the city with “tools necessary to facilitate negotiations.”
This “does not mean that eminent domain will be implemented. However, without this authorization, the city has no ability to even begin negotiations, given the position taken by Union Dry Dock,” added the release.
“In my experience with acquiring Block 12 for the Southwest Park and the 6-acre BASF property in Northwest Hoboken, it is not possible to acquire property without the City Council’s authorization for eminent domain,” said Zimmer. “Given recent new factors that have come to light, it is important to move forward with this process at this time to expand our city’s waterfront parks.”
The letter from Union Dry Dock can be viewed at: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/Union-Dry-Dock-Maraziti-9-22-17.pdf.

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