BAYONNE, NJ - Members of the Bayonne City Council moved forward on efforts to protect health care delivery in the city when they adopted an ordinance Wednesday to rezone three parcels of land that hold Bayonne Medical Center for hospital use only.

The approval of the ordinance comes as Alaris Healthcare, the owner of the property, has filed suit against the City of Bayonne to prevent the eventuality of city officials using eminent domain to take the property. 

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 also voted to authorize exploring possible financial agreements with the Hudson County Improvement Authority to complete the transaction.

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In March BMC signed a letter of intent to buy the 130-year-old Bayonne facility.

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