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Ground-Breaking Ceremonies Held for Costco and Atlantic Realty at Former MOT

Costco Groundbreaking Bayonne
Ground-Breaking for Costco: Pictured in background: Heavy equipment operator Louis Collins. Pictured in foreground: Joseph Forgione, developer, President of JMF Properties; Council Member At-Large Juan Perez; Second Ward Council Member Sal Gullace; Third Ward Council Member Gary LaPelusa; Mayor Jimmy Davis; Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski; Cindi Galvin, BCB Community Bank; Thomas Coughlin, President, BCB Community Bank; First Ward Council Member Tom Cotter; and Kenneth O’Neill, BCB Community Bank. The Costco will be located between Chosin Few Way and Route 440 on the former Military Ocean Terminal.

Commercial and Residential Construction Begin

            Mayor Jimmy Davis announced that City officials joined developers and others for two ground-breaking ceremonies at the former Military Ocean Terminal (MOT) on April 11.

            Across from the new fire station on Chosin Few Way, City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski began the Costco ground-breaking ceremony by saying, “Today is a great day for Bayonne.”  She reminded the audience that major construction was beginning at the former MOT “after eighteen years of false starts.”  Costco has a chain of warehouse department stores that offer consumer goods and multi-pump gas stations to the buying public. Council President Ashe-Nadrowski said that the new development would mean jobs for Bayonne residents and the arrival of ferry service.  “More and more good things are happening for Bayonne,” she said. 

Council President Ashe-Nadrowski pointed out that BCB Community Bank, a Bayonne-based financial business, is providing the financing for the Costco construction.  BCB President Thomas Coughlin exclaimed, “What an exciting time for Bayonne!”  He thanked the BCB loan team for working on the financial package for the store’s construction.  Mr. Coughlin also thanked Mayor Davis for bringing Costco to Bayonne.

Joseph Forgione, President and CEO of JMF Properties, the developer, said that he first met with Mayor Davis two years ago.  At that time, Forgione said, Mayor Davis asked him to bring a Costco store to Bayonne.  Now that construction is starting, Mr. Forgione said, “It’s exciting for Bayonne.” 

Mayor Davis thanked Council President Ashe-Nadrowski and the rest of the City Council Members for supporting economic development in Bayonne.  Mayor Davis noted that various people had made “many promises over the last eighteen years” concerning the former Military Ocean Terminal.  Mayor Davis said, “We are finally delivering on those promises.”  He pointed out that during the period of Bayonne’s ownership of the former military base, Bayonne has received little money from that property.  Mayor Davis said that now the land would be providing jobs and helping the finances of the City.  He referred to Costco as “one of the top employers,” and said that today was “a big day” and “a great day.”  Mayor Davis thanked BCB Community Bank for working with the City of Bayonne on the Costco development.

Following the spoken remarks, City officials, the developer, and BCB representatives posed with a construction worker and a piece of heavy equipment that broke ground for Costco.


Atlantic Realty Ground breaking
Ground-Breaking for Atlantic Realty: Mayor Davis, City Council Members, and executives of Atlantic Realty broke ground for a 525 unit townhouse development that will also include a clubhouse. The development will be located in the Bayonne Bay section of the former Military Ocean Terminal.

After the ceremony at the Costco site, City officials moved to Atlantic Realty’s property in the Bayonne Bay area for a second ground-breaking ceremony.  Atlantic Realty will be constructing a 525-unit luxury townhouse development that will include a clubhouse.  Jack Halpern, Chairman of Halpern Enterprises and former President of Atlantic Realty, thanked Mayor Davis “for his leadership.”   Mayor Davis said that the Atlantic Realty development would create “a new revenue stream for Bayonne,” and would also attract new residents to the community.  He thanked the City Council, Land Use Administrator Lillian Glazewski, and engineering consultant Andy Reichle for their work on the project.  City officials joined the management of Atlantic Realty for a ground-breaking with ceremonial shovels.

The Atlantic Realty development will include townhouse buildings designed by Berkowsky and Associates of Cranbury, New Jersey, and a clubhouse designed by the Appel Design Group of Livingston, New Jersey.

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Bayonne and Amazon

Bayonne  Mayor James Davis announced recently that the City plans to respond to the request for proposals (RFP) issued by Amazon for the creation of the second headquarters in the United States.

Mayor Davis stated, “Given the fact that the City of Bayonne has over 200 acres of undeveloped land on the former Military Ocean Terminal-Bayonne (MOTBY), I believe we are uniquely positioned to respond to this request.” Bayonne’s ongoing transformation from a city of industry to a city of innovation and technology fits perfectly with Amazon’s objectives and, quite frankly, the City of Bayonne meets or exceeds every one of the logistical, cultural, communal and operational criteria set forth in Amazon’s RFP.  Simply stated, “I believe there are no other municipalities offering anything close to what Bayonne has to offer.”


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Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis Announces Sale of Bayonne Bay West

Atlantic Realty of Woodbridge purchasing 30 acres 

Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis with members of Atlantic Realty of Woodbridge

Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis Announces Sale of Bayonne Bay West

(Bayonne, NJ) – Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis today announced the sale of approximately 30 acres of the former Military Ocean Terminal (“MOTBY”) to Atlantic Realty of Woodbridge. Atlantic Realty was designated the developer in 2006 under Mayor Doria. The plan calls for construction of 525 residential units, park space, new roads and addition to the Hudson River Walkway. The Project has long been delayed by lawsuits that were finally settled in the spring of 2015 under Mayor Davis. According to the Developer, Jack Halpern, they hope to be under construction by the fall or early spring of 2018 at the latest. Continue reading Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis Announces Sale of Bayonne Bay West

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An Interview with Bayonne Mayor Mark Smith

mayor-smith-photo-july-byobs-2010-cover2A Dedicated Mayor with Strong Values Talks to Our Sister Paper the Bayonne Observer about His Goas for Bayonne.

By Evelyn Bonilla- Photos by Steveamack.com

     As a child born and raised in Bayonne, Mayor Mark Smith grew up enjoying all that his hometown of Bayonne had to offer. It’s way of life, its schools and the neighborhoods around him. The son of a Bayonne police officer and a nurse at Bayonne Hospital, he was taught to treat people with dignity and respect and to always put others before himself. These values were instilled in him and these are the values that he carries with him today. In retrospect, I’m sure he would’ve never imagined that his future would lead him down a path that would revolve around the future of Bayonne and its residents.


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