Bayonne enters license agreement with PANYNJ for new parking lots

The two lots aim to provide much-needed parking spaces under the Bayonne Bridge

Bayonne has entered into a license agreement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) for two new parking lots underneath the Bayonne Bridge.

The Bayonne City Council voted 4-0 to adopt the resolution at its April meeting; Second Ward City Councilman Sal Gullace who had left the meeting at that point due to a family emergency. The resolution, previously thought to be an ordinance, was added on to the council’s agenda at the April caucus meeting, and explained by Law Director Jay Coffey.

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The agreement was submitted to the council on April 13 by Public Works Director Tom Cotter, ahead of the caucus meeting. Coffey said the agreement would allow the city to license the land underneath the Bayonne Bridge in order to construct, maintain, and operate two municipal surface parking lots.

The parking lots would be located under the bridge between West 3rd Street and Juliette Street, and another between West 4th Street and Margaret Street. According to Coffey, the city will pay an annual $1 fee for each of the public parking lots.

The 22-page agreement sees the lots licensed by the city from PANYNJ for an initial period of ten years. Previously thought to be a lease agreement, Coffey explained to the Bayonne Community News that license agreements are actually different.

“For a lease, you have a real property interest,” Coffey said. “For a license, you have a contractual interest.”

According to Coffey the license can be revoked within 30 days notice. Additionally, he said a contract must be awarded before construction can begin.

The parking lots were sent out to bid at the April meeting. The council may hear back on potential bids at its May meeting. For more information, go to bayonnenj.org.

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