Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, along with many other city and county officials, held a groundbreaking for “The View at Lincoln Park,” which will replace the old Casino in the Park, this afternoon.
By Daniel Ulloa/Hudson County View
The new facility will feature two banquet halls, a public restaurant, and a rooftop dining area inside a three-story, 21,000 square-foot building. The planning board provided final approval on the project back in February, as HCV first reported.
In addition, there will be an open-air patio where people passing can “grab and go” their orders. It will be completed by September 2022 and cost about $12 million.
“This iconic space, while it’s no longer the Casino in the Park, brings back a sense of memory and normalcy to us here,” DeGise noted at the press event this afternoon.
He also recalled that his sister was married there 50 years ago. The casino was a historic venue that hosted many political gatherings over the years.
“It was cooperation on a lot of levels from the HCIA and the great people Norman [Guerra] brings to the table,” DeGise said when thanking everyone who made this come together, including the City of Jersey City.
Fulop congratulated DeGise and the Hudson County Board of Commissioners for getting to this point.
“This was not easy. There was a lot of stop and goes through this process. They had a lot of requirements to make it work, in regards to making sure it was union labor was part of this. There were challenges because of the pandemic. There were challenges to make sure it t was still going to be something to serve the community.”
He also noted that the park is a staple for community events, as well as that the improvements for the city’s west side keep on coming.
“With regards to the west side of Jersey City, I couldn’t be more excited about what the future is here. Between Bayfront and NJCU and what you’re seeing over here and the golf course, there’s so much change and so much progress happening that the future is exceptionally bright here,” Fulop said.
Furthermore, County Commissioner Bill O’Dea (D-2) noted that during construction, prices were rising and tough decisions had to be made, including “allocating dollars that were not initially envisioned having to be allocated for this to happen. Tom put up a little bit of discussion, but he knows how important this project is to me, to our community.”
“That literally creates an opportunity for women and minorities who live in Hudson County to access apprenticeship in const trade unions in projects we do in cooperation with my good friend Steve Fulop and the building trades,” he added, noting the project will be built with 100 percent union labor.
Beyond that, he noted the Venues Landmark, that company that operates the Liberty House, a venue where many political gatherings took place prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, will operate The View at Lincoln Park.
“This whole process from the very beginning was collaborative. This is what teamwork looks like,” added Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey.