BLOOMFIELD, NJ – A resolution of support for the Essex-Hudson Greenway Project was unanimously approved during Bloomfield’s Regular Council Meeting on Monday night.

The Open Space Institute Land Trust, Inc., a regional charity active in the development of parks and rail trails, has entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway Company to acquire the 8.63-mile rail right-of-way of the former New York and Greenwood Lake Railroad beginning at the point of abandonment in Montclair.

“It lies within the municipalities of Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Belleville and Newark in Essex County, and Kearny, Secaucus and to the point of abandonment in Jersey City in Hudson County,” said Councilman Nicholas Joanow.  “The Old Boonton Right-of-Way, which averages 100-feet in width, passes through portions of two counties and eight municipalities, including Bloomfield, and will connect users to a myriad of schools, businesses, transit stations, and facilities providing a safe corridor of travel for students and commuters alike.”

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The proposed Essex-Hudson Greenway will provide new recreational and alternative transportation opportunities for residents of the towns within the Greenway, as well as the surrounding communities throughout the counties.

“The design and construction of the Greenway will incorporate stormwater mitigation measures and 'green’ infrastructure designed to mitigate stormwater flooding and Combined Sewer Outfall (CSO) overflows in the communities where such Greenway will be located,” Joanow explained.

The project will provide township residents, employees and visitors with safe bicycle connections to the communities, parks, colleges, commerce and other destinations along the route; ease local congestion on roads; and provide a close-to-home, inexpensive venue for regular outdoor exercise.

“Bloomfield formally supports the Essex-Hudson Greenway project through this act of resolution, and the Mayor and Council applauds the reuse of the Old Boonton Right of Way for the purpose of conservation and recreation and to enable the establishment and construction of a multi-use trail along the right-of way to be known as the Essex-Hudson Greenway,” Joanow added.

Joanow also thanked the Mayor and Council on behalf of his committee members for their support of this project.

All proposed Ordinances introduced on First Reading were approved.

All proposed Ordinances on Second Reading were adopted. 

All Consent Resolutions were approved.

Monday’s proceedings were held via video conference with council members participating on Zoom from their homes and offices, with video livestreamed on the township’s Facebook page, YouTube Page, and WBMA-TV.

Bloomfield Township Council holds a combined Conference and Regular Meeting on Monday, December 14.  The Conference Meeting begins at 6:30 pm, immediately followed by the Regular Meeting.  Both will take place via Zoom and will be livestreamed to the community.