BAYONNE, NJ - A divided Bayonne City Council approved a 15-year tax abatement that will bring a five-story residential building to a vacant lot located at Avenue A and Washington Parkway.

Located at the site of the former Avenue A Auto Service, the project, set to be developed by Mitchell Burakovsky, drew additional scrutiny because its height and density stands out in an area that includes mostly one-and-two family homes. Council members Gary LaPelusa and Neil Carroll III offered the dissenting votes.

Expected to take 15 months to complete the building will include 31 residential units and 36 parking spaces. Burakovsky, city officials said.  He is also remediating the site and removing environmental contaminants. Beautification including the planting of trees, widening of sidewalks, and paving of a portion of Washington Parkway, is also included. 

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Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski said the project will contribute $105,000 towards the construction of the Newark Bay pedestrian walkway from Washington Parkway to 16th street and the building’s owner will pick up their own trash leading to savings for the city.

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