My letter published in the Jersey Journal 3/17/15
With the approval of the City Hall annex construction at the Hub, taxpayers will have a new building or perhaps the biggest tax increase in the not too distance future.
This increase will be based on the soil test that must be done before construction. Before any agreement was negotiated, the city should have contacted the DEP to find out if the lot and block are considered a brownsfield. I find it perplexing that this step was ignored.
The site is now a parking lot and the state allows contaminated soil to be used as parking lots. This was evident in Newark when a parking lot later became housing and 19 homes are now sitting on contaminated soil causing health problems for buyers.
The council's job is to protect the financial health of the citizens. Perhaps, we will be lucky and there will be little or no contamination, if not we will be bonding tens of millions to clean up the site.
It is actions like this that makes Jersey City unaffordable, as the bonding debt grows more property owners are struggling to maintain their homes.
Since common sense did not prevail, we can only hope and even pray that little or no contamination will be in the soil.
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