BAYONNE, NJ - Alaris Healthcare has filed suit against the City of Bayonne over an ordinance the city adopted that rezoned Bayonne Medical Center property for hospital use only.

The ordinance rezoned three parcels of property – which currently have either commercial or residential zoning – to be used exclusively as the site of a hospital.

This lawsuit, local officials say, may propel the city into using eminent domain, a move that would be made possible by pending legislation in Trenton, to take the property. To this end, the Bayonne City Council voted to authorize exploring possible financial agreements with the Hudson County Improvement Authority to complete the transaction.

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Bayonne could borrow the funding from the HCIA or possibly have the HCIA purchase the property and lease it back to a hospital operator the city chooses. The city has already established a Hospital Authority which could oversee the change of operator and control the licenses required.

CarePoint Health, the operators of Bayonne Medical Center, as well as Christ Hospital in Jersey City and Hoboken University Medical Center, has been seeking a new operator for the facility.

While CarePoint and Bayonne officials are in discussions with another healthcare provider in Hudson County, much of the fate of Bayonne Medical Center rests on a positive outcome in dispute over the land.

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