BAYONNE, NJ - After years anticipating redevelopment for the former A&P property just off Avenue A in Bayonne, officials still have hope that the former shopping mall will still serve as a neighborhood nexus.

“We’re looking to have that property developed,” said Councilman Neil Carroll III. “While the site of the supermarket will likely become residential, we would like the mall to still provide shopping for that part of the city.”

The city has moved several times to generate momentum for the site, that once closed and demolished to its foundation, left a 20 block void between residents in the neighborhood and their nearest supermarket, another issue Carroll hope to tackle.

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"Access to food and food stores is critical to all of our residents, something we are seeing now more than ever," he said, giving a nod to the current challenges that the spread COVID-19 have presented.

Included in these initiatives was a study of the Avenue A corridor, from the old A&P site to the Texaco site, and an effort to get the four-acre piece of property hidden behind the former supermarket building designated as an area in need of redevelopment.

While Carroll said progress has been slow in redeveloping the area, he believes that the property may hold the key to revitalizing southwestern portion of the city.

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