The council took final votes to authorize the acquisition of Union Drydock waterfront property, by condemnation if necessary, and to raise the city’s offer for an Academy Bus lot to double the size of Southwest Park
A plaque on the Union Drydrock and Repair Company property commemorates Hoboken’s heyday as a commercial and industrial port cityPhoto by Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media
HOBOKEN — The City Council on Monday night took steps to acquire two pieces of property for the creation of a new park on the city’s northern waterfront, and for the expansion of an existing park in Hoboken’s southwest corner.
In the first of the two separate actions, the council voted on second reading to approve a resolution authorizing the “purchase or condemnation” of waterfront property along Sinatra Drive between 10th and 11th streets, currently occupied by Union Dry Dock and Repair Company.
Union Dry Dock, a working shipyard, is the last vestige of Hoboken’s heyday as a commercial shipping port. But with the character of the city having shifted to a residential community also known for its nightlife and tourism, Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the City Council want Union Drydock’s two acres to develop another Hudson River waterfront park in addition to those farther south, and as an additional stretch of the city’s nearly uninterrupted waterfront walkway.
City officials say Union Dry has refused to negotiate with the Zimmer administration for the purchase of the property, and Monday night’s action authorized the city to begin the process of condemning the property and taking possession of it, against the property owner’s will if necessary, in return for a court-approved appraised value.
Union Drydock did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
The city has not appraised the drydock property, and the company has not said publicly what it thinks …read more
Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News