BAYONNE, NJ - A proposal by the Bayonne City Council to request that the Planning Board consider designating the area around the former Resnick’s site was met with concern from at least one resident at the body’s January 15 meeting. 

According to city records, the L Group, which is currently constructing a 10-story project on Broadway near 47th Street, has purchased seven additional properties along West 46th and West 47th streets for possible future development, and appears to have others under contract. The precedent, resident Mike Morris suggested, that would allow taller residential buildings to co-mingle with one and two-family homes, is disturbing.

The ongoing Resnik’s site project previously raised concerns in 2017 both because of its height in an area where no other buildings rise about tree-stories, and because of the award of a 25-year tax abatement that developers argued was necessary to make the project financially sound. The company also is constructing two 22-story buildings on North Street with the help of a 30-year abatement.

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While the resolution directs the planning board to conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether some properties located on these two streets qualify as an area in need of redevelopment ,City Attorney Jay Coffey said that the area would not meet the requirements for eminent domain.

“This is not a situation where the properties would be condemned,” he said.

City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski said she would like to preserve the character of the neighborhood, made up mostly of two-family homes, while Councilman Gary LePelusa, whose ward includes the area in question, said that the city is not yet aware of the developer’s plans.

“We all are hearing rumors and stories. So, I don’t know what to believe,” he said. “But I’m not in favor of seeing larger developments moving up the side streets.”

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