River View Observer -photos by Stevemack
On aÂ 30 acre parcel ofÂ land in Bayonne NJÂ that lay dormant for nearly 26 years on Route 440. New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, Bayonne Mayor; Mark Smith, Bayonne City Council President; Vincent LoRe, Bayonne Local Redevelopment Agency Director; Christopher Patella, and respresentatives of the New York Bayonne Cameron Group: Eric Alderman, Â and others broke ground for the construction of theÂ Bayonne Crossings Project Shopping Center.
In his speech to the 200 plus attendees Governor Corzine spoke of the JobsÂ that will be created by the construction of the Mall, emphasing “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, will be created with the building and opening of this mall“.The Govenor said he was proud to announce that 1200 construction jobs will be filled, and 900 retail jobs will be created.Â Â AndÂ Bayonne will receive Urban Enterprise Zone revenues which could equal into the millions. These are funds paid back by the state to the city from the 3.5 % sales tax.
The Govenor also said that Mayor Smith of Bayonne workedÂ very hard in his committment to seeing this project become a reality,Â Gov. Corzine praisedÂ and thanked Mayor Mark Smith and everyone involved in the project .
The mall tenants: Who have signed leases to date are: Walmart and Â Lowe’sÂ which are the anchor stores,Â andÂ Â Sonic Drive Inn.Â AlsoÂ scheduledÂ as tenants: Â Sleepy’s, Friday’s, Longhorn, and NYSC (New York Sport Centers). The first store is expected to open in December of 2010.Â