Montclair, NJ – A once in a lifetime opportunity to create 135 acres of green space and a multi use trail for eight municipalities – Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Belleville, Newark, Kearny, Secaucus and Jersey City – may be in jeopardy. Officials are urging action on the Essex-Hudson Greenway project and expressing concern that the opportunity could be lost, if the state does not support the project in time.
Montclair Mayor Sean Spiller expressed concern Saturday about the project and the need to move it forward.
“Forward thinking investments in transportation infrastructure, green space preservation, and small business economic supports, have been pivotal in establishing Montclair as one of the premier cosmopolitan suburbs in New Jersey and in the nation. As we see discussions at the federal and state level for record investments in infrastructure and in redefining our infrastructure priorities, we cannot let this opportunity to slip by,” says Spiller. “I urge those at the county and state level to recommit to this project. As Mayor, I stand ready to work with residents, stakeholders, activists, and governing partners to make this project a reality.”
Last week, Montclair Councilor At Large Peter Yacobellis called on Gov. Phil Murphy to support the Essex-Hudson Greenway Project.
“Without quick action on your part, I believe Norfolk Southern will run down the clock of this current agreement, and then swiftly move to sell the line in pieces. Indeed, it is my understanding that there are already offers on the table,” Yacobellis wrote, urging Murphy to take action.
The project has also received support from other elected officials including New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver, United States Representative Mikie Sherrill, Essex County Commissioner Brendan Gill, Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia and Glen Ridge Mayor Stuart Patrick.
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