Hey Hoboken, Weehawken would like a word.
Weehawken officials told The Jersey Journal Thursday they plan to challenge Hoboken’s eminent domain grab of the Union Dry Dock property and have hired an attorney to kick off the process.
The decision puts a snag into what Hoboken had recently declared as the end of a multi-year fight for the property, a sometimes bitter battle that included intervention from NJ Transit and the governor.
Ferry company New York Waterway had envisioned a new maintenance and fueling facility at the former Union Dry Dock on the Hoboken waterfront when it purchased it in 2017, an option that had remained open until Hoboken moved to take the land and recently deposited millions of dollars with the courts to scoop it up.
Now, Weehawken fears plans for a modernized maintenance facility could shift fully to its own waterfront, where Waterway already has a smaller maintenance operation, if it does not intervene, said Mayor Richard Turner.
“Weehawken can’t take the full burden of this,” the Weehawken mayor said. “The burden has to be shared.”
The Weehawken Township Council authorized a contract Wednesday with Florham Park law firm Carlin, Ward, Ash and Heiart, which has a focus on real estate law, including eminent domain.
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