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Renovations continue at Holy Family

The former Holy Family Academy at 239 Avenue A
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The former Holy Family Academy at 239 Avenue A

The Bayonne City Council continues to move forward with plans to convert Holy Family, the shuttered Catholic high school on Avenue A, into the new headquarters for the Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation (BEOF). The building will also be home to the BEOF’s Head Start program, for low-income and special needs preschool students, ages 3 to 5.

The school closed in 2013 due to declining enrollment and financial issues. It’s been vacant ever since. In 2017, the city purchased the property for $2.5 million with the intention to move the BEOF from its current multiple properties to one location.

While the building is currently being renovated, the exterior and the façade will remain the same.

More renovations

At its Jan. 20 meeting, the city council authorized a number of agreements with contractors.

The city entered in an agreement with the BEOF to provide the cost of the removal of fuel piping conducted by Independence Contractors of Bridgeview. The amount totals $13,368.00 for the one-year contract, paid for by Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

The second agreement between the city and the BEOF provides for the oversight cost for the removal of the fuel piping and sampling of the underlying soil by Matrix New World Engineering of Florham Park. The $9,430.00 fee will be covered by CDBG funding.

The third agreement was amended to provide additional CDBG funds for underground storage tank (UST) closure for a fee of $1,165.00. The contract totals $9,905.00.

Under construction

Last year, a number of resolutions were adopted by the council to continue renovations.

At the Oct. 21 meeting, it approved a resolution authorizing the city clerk to accept bids for a roof replacement.

The council also adopted a resolution for the cost of the Indoor Environmental Health Assessment (IEHA) from Matrix New World Engineering for $11,425.

In July, the council approved $57,060 to remove asbestos from the school’s heating system and boiler room.

Commemorative bricks

The BEOF wants to honor the city by offering the sale of commemorative pavers to be incorporated into the site. They can be purchased to “capture your most fond memories of Bayonne,” according to the BEOF.

The pavers may be used for a patio or sidewalk. All proceeds will go toward the renovations.

For more information, go to http://www.brickmarkersusa.com/donors/bayonne.html.

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