Portion of Palisades in Weehawken Could be Given to Township for Preservation

The Palisades Bergen County New Jersey
A cliff along The Palisades in Bergen County, New Jersey. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A privately-owned portion of The Palisades in Weehawken could end up in the hands of the community’s municipal government.

An application submitted by Port Imperial South, LLC calls for turning over several parcels consisting of cliffs to the Township of Weehawken and removing them from the planned development area “in order to ensure their preservation and the protection of those lands from future development, regardless of the ownership thereof in the future.”

A letter that was mailed to residents by Weehawken’s municipal government on April 30 associated Port Imperial South, LLC with Mack-Cali and its Roseland subsidiary, noting that this matter involves their section of the cliffs stretching from Hamilton Avenue’s southern corner to 51st Street.

“To preserve one of the last remaining Palisade Cliffs green corridors in Hudson and Bergen Counties, the Township Council has long desired to take control of our waterfront cliffs which are currently owned by Roseland/Mack Cali,” the letter states in part. “As a result, we have persuaded Roseland/Mack Cali, who also desire to preserve the cliffs, to deed them over to the Township.”

The letter added that should the municipal government end up taking ownership, the cliffs would be added to the Green Acres registry, causing any potential development plan for the site in the future to also need state environmental approval.

A hearing has been scheduled during the Weehawken Planning Board’s virtual meeting on Tuesday, May 18, at 7:00 p.m.

Much of The Palisades in Hudson County and a portion in Bergen County are surrounded by development, but the section north of the George Washington Bridge that falls within Palisades Interstate Park has been preserved. However, the cliffs in the preserved areas are best viewed from across the Hudson River in the Bronx and Westchester County.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be discussed by the Weehawken Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.


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