Jersey City council approves $36M plan to build City Hall annex
March 11, 2015 at 10:18 PM
JERSEY CITY - The City Council tonight approved a $35 million plan to build a City Hall annex on Martin Luther King Drive, one the Fulop administration touts as the largest investment in the city's black community in decades.
The 7-2 vote came after a roughly two-hour public hearing that saw supporters express hope that the annex will rejuvenate the economy of the commercial strip near the Hub shopping center, and opponents slam the deal as a giveaway to the developer, Brandywine.
Council President Rolando Lavarro, who voted in favor, said the annex will be a "catalyst" for more redevelopment in an area that has been "distressed for decades."
"Hell yeah," Lavarro said when the time came to vote.
Lavarro was joined in support by Mayor Steve Fulop's other allies on the council: Joyce Watterman, Daniel Rivera, Frank Gajewski, Khemraj "Chico" Ramchal, Candice Osborne and Diane Coleman. The two regular Fulop critics, Rich Boggiano and Michael Yun, voted against.
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