Council takes up grab bag of resolutions

Senior housing, soundproofing, softball, baseball, and more

An earthen berm will be constructed to protect the future residential area in MOTBY from industrial noise.,
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An earthen berm will be constructed to protect the future residential area in MOTBY from industrial noise.,

Things were surprisingly cut-and-dried at the last Bayonne Council meeting prior to the Nov. 5 municipal election. Members introduced and adopted a number of measures.

One of those was a license agreement with Lincoln Equities, LLC.

Lincoln Equities owns property at Bayonne’s former Military Ocean Terminal (MOTBY), and will now construct a landscaped barrier known as an earthen berm to buffer sound from the industrial warehouse sites that Lincoln Equities is slated to construct.

It was required to build a sound-proofing structure prior to the license agreement, but the structure was originally going to be a concrete wall. A portion of the area that needs to be soundproofed is on Bayonne-owned property. The new license agreement would allow Lincoln Equities construct on the Bayonne-owned portion as well as its own parcel.

The site that Lincoln Equities purchased will be used for e-commerce and supply chain management.

When the deal was first announced, the 152.9-acre property was said to have the potential to bring in thousands of permanent jobs, and hundreds of construction workers during the build-out of the warehouses.

Just south of the Lincoln Equities site is a massive redevelopment plan that was approved last month.

The development consists of 25 buildings, five of which include 25-story residential towers. New streets will be created on the site between Chosin Few Way and Goldsborough Drive, navigating through a whopping 4,500 rental apartments, 218 hotel rooms, commercial buildings, and about 80,000 square feet of retail space. The project will be constructed incrementally. The final phase won’t be completed until about 2034, according to the developer’s estimates.

Add-ons

A number of add-on resolutions were also introduced at the meeting.

One resolution which passed was for city officials to advertise for a new program administrator for the Public Safety Division’s off-duty police program.

Another resolution introduced for a vote on Nov. 6 was for the city to enter into a redevelopment agreement with the new owners of the Post Road Gardens apartment complex.

Post Road Gardens is a subsidized, low-rent senior apartment complex at 535 Avenue A which the Bayonne Housing Authority plans to sell to a developer.

That developer, per the introduced redevelopment agreement, seeks to renovate the apartments’ interiors, which will cost about $77,000 per unit. Bayonne Law Director Jay Coffey said that if the redevelopment plan goes through, the developer will seek a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) agreement with city officials to maintain affordable rents in the complex.

If the redevelopment plan is approved, the developer is seeking to pay $200,000 to the City of Bayonne in lieu of taxes each year.

Councilman Gary LaPelusa abstained from voting on the measure, saying that he hadn’t had the opportunity to read the agreement. Other council members agreed. The rest voted to introduce the resolution and look at the redevelopment agreement in time for the next meeting on Nov. 6.

Officials introduced a resolution to sign a lease between Bayonne Little League, Cal Ripken League, and the City of Bayonne. Should the resolution pass, the two leagues would merge and form one program, called Bayonne Youth Baseball and Softball. That program would be contracted with city officials.

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