BAYONNE, NJ - After nearly two decades of inactivity as far as development is concerned, the Administration of Mayor James Davis has set a new course for growth in Bayonne, and it seems there’s still more to come. The Bayonne City Council will plunge ahead with a full agenda at its Nov. 6 meeting, expected to introduce or approve a host of redevelopment proposals for sites throughout the city.
The council is also expected to approve an amended federal environmental report that will clear the way for the establishment of ferry service to and from Manhattan next April.
Also up for final approval is an ordinance that would allow the new owners of Post Road Gardens – a large residential development for low income senior citizens on Avenue A – to rehabilitate 250 existing units, increasing tax revenues for the city from about $77,000 to about $275,000 annually, according to City Attorney Jay Coffey.
Up for public hearing will be an ordinance that would amend a redevelopment plan for several properties on and near Mechanic Street, East 23rd Street, and Avenue F. Two years ago, the council directed the Planning Board to consider the property at the foot of East 23rd Street as an area in need of redevelopment. The move allows the city to help negotiate with the property owner for possible upgrading of the property.
Also, on the agenda for the Nov. 6 meeting is consideration of the next phase in the development of the McDonald’s restaurant located on Broadway near East 25th Street.
Although ambitious plans for the property were presented to the city’s Planning Board several years ago, a legal dispute between the tenant and property owner held up the project until earlier this year when modified plans allowed it to move ahead.
The current McDonalds, constructed in 1974, is expected to be demolished and replaced with a new building set back an extra 100 feet, allowing for a wider sidewalk and a public plaza on the Broadway side.
“These are safety improvements,” Coffey said.
McDonald’s Corporation will be paying for the improvements
“Some of the more ambitious parts of the plan have been scaled back,” Coffey added. “But this is just the start of the process.”
The council will also consider resolutions that would designate other properties for potential redevelopment such as the Kenrich Chemical site at 140 East 22nd Street.
“The company closed operations there some time ago,” Coffey said.
The resolution would authorize the execution of a redevelopment agreement for a designated developer, although official plans for the site would have to be presented to the Planning Board in the future.
The council will also consider a similar resolution for the Beacon Oil site on Avenue E.
The council is expected to recommend two additional sites on Avenue E to the Planning Board to consider as areas in need of redevelopment, one located at 108 Avenue E, the other several parcels located at 196-200 Avenue E. The council will request a similar study from the Planning Board for a property located on Hook Road.
Although the city council adopted a Federal Aid Manual last May as part of the red tape clearing for the establishment of ferry service, a change in federal law in June required the city to modify that plan. The city council is expected to vote to approve submitting the modified plan to the federal government, clearing the way for ferry service to start in April.
The council has already approved a finalized agreement that named Seastreak LLC as its ferry operator and has negotiated with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for a lease agreement on property on the south side of the Former Military Ocean Terminal.
Several new developments are contingent on the ferry services being established.
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