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Redevelopment plans adopted

The Bayonne City Council met virtually via TetherView on Oct. 21.
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The Bayonne City Council met virtually via TetherView on Oct. 21.

A slew of redevelopment plans were adopted at the Bayonne City Council meeting on Oct. 21, reflecting the city’s continuing development boom.

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The council adopted six redevelopment plans: four new plans and two amended ones. President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski described each redevelopment plan.

The plan for 1207-1211 JFK Blvd. allows for residential units only. The current site consists of vacant buildings on the corner of JFK Blvd. and West 54th St.

The plan allows for a multi-family building, permitting up to seven stories and 42 units maximum, with equal parking spaces. No commercial space is allowed on the site.

The plan for 196A, 196-198, and 200 Ave. E allows for residential units. The site is a former Bayonne Community Bank building.

The plan allows for a multi-family building with a maximum of six stories and 40 units, with a ratio of 1:1 parking spaces. The top floor must have a 40-foot setback.

No more Nacirema

The redevelopment plan for 219 West 5th St., also known as the former Nacirema site, allows for residential units only. A multi-family building with a maximum of 12 stories and 180 units can be constructed on the site.

No commercial space is permitted, and the developer must build a waterfront walkway that will connect to the adjacent property. Twelve parking spaces must be constructed for the walkway.

A sidewalk will be constructed from the building to Ave. A. A traffic light will beinstalled on Ave. A.

The current site, a parking lot for tractor trailers and big trucks, sits on an industrial area on a dead-end street with no public access and no sidewalks.

Up with Downtown 

The Bayview Redevelopment Plan for the former site of A&P allows for a “senior living” community. The new plan allows 825 units to be constructed with equivalent parking, commercial space, and an open space with its own parking. Thirty-five percent of the units will be for residents over age 55.

Two amended redevelopment plans were also adopted by the city council, including the Texaco Redevelopment Plan and the one for the Maritime, Lofts and Landing Districts.

The Texaco Redevelopment Plan was amended to allow for a film studio and associated properties to be built on the site.

The other plan was amended to recognize the expansion of the Maritime District into the Lofts and Landing Districts following the purchase of land in those areas by developer Lincoln Equities.

Action-packed agenda

The city council also adopted an ordinance placing a down payment on Marist High School and another ordinance bonding more than $2 million for renovations at Fitzpatrick Park.

The council had planned to approve a resolution opposing the construction of the fracked-gas power plant in Kearny and supporting renewable energy technology to power the New Jersey Transit Mircogrid. Before the council got to that part of the meeting, NJ Transit announced plans to seek greener alternatives to the proposed fracked-gas plant.

Rep. Donald Payne Jr. gave a presentation before the meeting, offering help to Bayonne small business in the 10th District, urging residents to vote as well as report any problems with the postal service.

At the end of the meeting, President Ashe-Nadrowski reminded everyone that COVID-19 “is still here” and urged residents to do their part to mitigate the virus, including wearing masks, social distancing, and staying home if sick.

She told residents to be safe for themselves and their neighbors and to remain “vigilant” because there’s been an uptick in active cases in Bayonne in recent weeks.

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