North Bergen settles construction code violations with property owner for $125,000

The warehouse building was divided into multiple areas which businesses were operated from

North Bergen has reached a settlement on a list of construction code violations with a local property owner.

The township’s Board of Commissioners voted to approve a resolution at its Feb. 23 meeting settling outstanding violations of the Uniform Construction Code at 7001 Anpesil Drive, with a company known as ReadySpaces. Township Counsel Tom Kobin described the situation at the meeting.

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“This was like a warehouse building,” Kobin said. “There was a dispute on this because the owner or a group of tenants started cutting up the building into different areas and running businesses out of it.”

According to Kobin, the division of the property led to violations of the UCC which over time amounted to “a good chunk of change” as opposed to typical violations. The mounting fines led the township to assist the situation.

“There was outstanding UCC violations on this for a long period of time,” Kobin said. “Normally the Building Department settles these, but this is a more significant amount. And there was a sale of property and they went through with the sale, notwithstanding the outstanding notices.”

According to Kobin, the township decided to settle with the outgoing property owner since it was sold. The board voted unanimously to authorize the settlement of the outstanding UCC violations for $125,000 to resolve the outstanding fines that have been accruing.

However, the matter is not over. More legal proceedings may ensue, including against the new property owner.

“There’s also a municipal court matter we can’t settle with this,” Kobin said. “We’re going to settle it with the outgoing owner and reserve to the rights against the incoming owner.”

The next North Bergen Board of Commissioners meeting will be held on March 9 at 5 p.m. at the municipal chambers at Town Hall at 4223 Kennedy Boulevard. For more information, go to northbergen.org.

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com. 

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