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Jersey City Council votes to initiate Harsimus Embankment purchase

June 28, 2010

The Harsimus Stem Embankment, listed in PNJ's 10 Most Endangered Sites, offers wildlife habitat and open space above downtown Jersey City's streets.

Word from our partners at the Embankment Coalition: “The Jersey City Municipal Council voted Wednesday to introduce an ordinance authorizing the City to bond for $7.7 million to acquire the Harsimus Branch Embankment property. THIS IS BIG NEWS!

The funds would be used to purchase eight parcels running along Sixth Street from Marin to Newark and beyond Newark past the New Jersey Turnpike, including the six elevated Embankment blocks and two grade-level parcels.

The bonds would be paid back in large part through grants already awarded or anticipated and through pledges.  The Coalition was instrumental in pursuing these funding sources for the City.

While this first reading is a positive step, the ordinance must go through a second reading, and a supermajority of six votes is needed for it to pass.  The second reading is set for Wednesday, July 14, 10 a.m., in Council Chambers, City Hall, 280 Grove Street.  Please note that Council meetings in July and August are held at 10 a.m.   For this reason, supporters of Embankment preservation who aren’t at work or on vacation should make a special effort to show up and voice their support.”

It’s been a long and often frustrating track for the preservation advocates of the Embankment Coalition.  Much remains to be accomplished, but PNJ and our many partners stand ready, as always, to help.  Visit the Coalition website for more information.

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  1. Stephanie Cherry Farmer permalink
    July 15, 2010 3:00 pm

    On July 14, 2010, the Jersey City Council approved passage of a $7.7 million band act to purchase the Harsimus Embankment. See local coverage for more details:

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