Bayonne council meeting moves to high school auditorium for $95M eminent domain vote

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The Bayonne City Council meeting has moved to their high school auditorium for their highly anticipated vote on a $95 million eminent domain plan for the local medical center land.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

An automated email sent from the city this morning said tomorrow’s meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m., has moved from City Hall to the high school auditorium, located at 669 Avenue A.

While they did not provide a specific reason as to why, this is the first meeting since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic where the public will have the option to attend in person and the eminent domain vote has generated a great deal of attention.

Hudson Regional Hospital and BMC Hospital LLC have been engaged in a nearly year-long battle over who will take over the Bayonne Medical Center from CarePoint Health.

HRH currently owns the medical center land and if the eminent domain plan, which they say will end up costing over $100 million, goes through, that would be a significant win for BMC Hospital.

On the other hand, if the council votes the measure down, HRH, who launched a digital and mail campaign panning eminent domain, would likely be in the driver’s seat.

Those who wish to attend in personĀ  need to reserve a seat by filling out this form.