Is 18 stories too tall?

As published on Hudson Reporter

The Bayonne City Council tabled an ordinance at the Nov. 10 meeting that would have adopted the amended redevelopment plan for the Silk Lofts on Avenue E.

The Planning Board approved the amended Silk Lofts redevelopment plan at the Oct. 13 meeting. The amended plan allows for an additional 200 units across the street and south of the existing building.

The plan allows for six-story buildings to be constructed across the street from the Silk Lofts and 18-story buildings to be constructed adjacent to the existing building.

Downtown has been an epicenter during the city’s redevelopment boom. However, some council members feel that the line has been crossed when it comes to the height of the buildings that may be constructed under the amended Silk Lofts plan.

From silky to a sticky situation

Much like many of the redevelopment plans in the city, the amended Silk Lofts plan was poised to pass at the Nov. 10 city council meeting. However, First Ward Councilman Neill Carroll and Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa took issue with the plan.

Carroll, a believer in development, noted the height disparity between the buildings that would be allowed to be constructed under the redevelopment plan and the existing neighborhood. He also voiced concerns about parking, before voting against the ordinance.

La Pelusa argued that the maximum height allowed in the plan is not appropriate for the area.

But before La Pelusa could finish his sentence, City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski asked if the ordinance could be tabled until the December meeting.

She said that Second Ward Councilman Sal Gullace, who was not present at the virtual meeting, wanted to comment on the redevelopment plan since it sits in his ward and that tabling the ordinance would allow that.

The council voted to adjourn the public hearing on the ordinance until the Dec. 16 meeting.

La Pelusa was frustrated, saying he “wasn’t happy” the ordinance was tabled in the middle of a vote but “went along with it” to allow Gullace to comment.

Gullace arrived shortly thereafter, but there were no further comments regarding the Silk Lofts redevelopment plan.

The public hearing on the plan will be held via Tetherview in December. To attend, residents can visit bayonnenj.org and click on the event link on the calendar page.

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