Now that Hudson County officials have broken ground on The View at Lincoln Park construction on the multi-million-dollar project will begin this month.
The new dining and catering facility, on the southeastern side of Lincoln Park, replaces the former Casino in the Park which opened in 1950 and closed in 2017.
Envisioned and used as a clubhouse for the tennis courts, and then a summer museum, the Casino in the Park has been used for thousands of political events and wedding celebrations.
In 1963, Frank Sinatra attended his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration at Casino in the Park. In 1991, the Hudson County Democratic Organization hosted then Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton.
The new three-story event space will feature two banquet halls, a rooftop dining area, and a moderately priced public restaurant, according to the county.
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“Lincoln Park has long been a jewel for Jersey City, with its previous banquet hall hosting distinguished guests from Frank Sinatra to President Bill Clinton,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “Today marks a new chapter for the future of Lincoln Park and once again puts our community on the map as a place where lifelong memories will be created. We are excited to bring this special new venue to our community and look forward to this dining experience opening in the not so distant future.”
Hudson County will own the new building with the Hudson County Improvement Authority serving as the lessor.
Landmark Hospitality, which owns the Liberty House Restaurant in Liberty State Park, has signed a long-term lease to operate The View at Lincoln Park.
“The Hudson County Improvement Authority is committed to assisting the County in its endeavors to build a new state of the art dining and banquet hall in Lincoln Park,” said Hudson County Improvement Authority CEO Norman Guerra. “We will continue to assist every step of the way through this process and look forward to the opening of this new facility.”
The building will be 47 feet high. The first banquet hall will be 2,850 square feet with a capacity of 190. The second will be approximately 3,375 square feet and accommodate up to 225. The public restaurant will be 1,225 square feet and host 175 patrons.
The project, which will be built using union labor, will cost roughly $12 million, with Landmark Hospitality contributing a portion to complete interior construction, including the kitchens, finishes, and furnishings.
“The current renaissance in Jersey City will sustain and advance the history of the former Casino in the Park,” said Angelo Del Russo, CEO of Del-Sano Contracting Corp., the contractor of the project. “We are grateful to serve as the General Contractor working with the Hudson County Improvement Authority and Landmark Hospitality on The View at Lincoln Park.”
Construction is expected to begin later this month and is scheduled to be completed by September 2022.