By Teri Lindgren
Downtown residents concerned about the city councils decision to deny a major development project on Broadway are circulating flyers and want you to do the same. The old Alpo site sits on 14th St. and Broadway. It has been a vacant lot for over 15 years. This area of Broadway is badly underdeveloped, but that all was about to change. With the opening of a new beauty salon and the Perk up Café and the proposed multi-unit retail and residential space, residents of downtown Broadway were happy and optimistic about the future. That is until, the project came before the Bayonne City Council.
The council killed the project and didn’t really give an explanation why. “All the council members ran on the promise to revitalize Broadway, I don’t know why I voted for them.” said one neighbor in a letter signed by “14th street residents.”
Sources inside city hall informed Bayonne Local that members of the council were angry with the developer for not contributing more to their campaign coffers. Another source stated that the developer “wasn’t playing nice” with council members. Either way, a long vacant lot on Broadway will remain vacant for the foreseeable future.
The city council nor Mayor Davis could be reached for comment.