BAYONNE, NJ- The Bayonne City Council is set to consider an ordinance to rezone three parcels of property where the Bayonne Medical Center currently sits.

The new ordinance would limit future use of the space, where under current regulations commercial or residential development could take place, to be used exclusively as the site of a hospital. “This gives the city another tool to help make sure the hospital remains open,” said Law Director Jay Coffey. 

CarePoint Health, the operator of the Bayonne Medical Center as well as Christ Hospital in Jersey City and Hoboken University Medical Center, has been seeking a new operator for the facility.

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According to reports, another well known New Jersey hospital operator, Atlantic Healthcare, dropped out of negotiations earlier this year apparently as a result of a property dispute between CarePoint and Alaris, the current owners of the properties.

While CarePoint and Bayonne officials are in discussions with another healthcare provider in Hudson County, much of the fate of Bayonne Medical Center rests on a positive outcome in the dispute over the land. The City of Bayonne may seek to take the property under eminent domain if legislation being proposed by state Senators Sandra Cunningham and Brian Stack is successfully passed and signed into law by the governor.

Local officials, however, said they would rather the matter be resolved amicably. “This ordinance, however, will require whoever owns the land to use the land for a medical use,” Coffey said.

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