Officials, Residents Want to See Demolition of Burned Out Building

Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Councilman Tim Occhipinti provided an update on the situation on the corner of First and Jackson Streets.

The owner of the former Nardine's Restaurant, will have to comply with the city's request to demolish at least part of the building by March 3, according to an update on the matter from Mayor Dawn Zimmer, before the city will have to step in and do the work itself.

On Jan. 3, the owner of the buildingwas given a notice to partially demolish the building, to keep the structure from collapsing. On Jan. 9 he was told to remove unsafe debris from the site, according to city documents.

Councilman Tim Occhipinti, who represents the area where the building stands on First and Jackson Streets, said he would like to see a small park be built there, as well as across the street. 

"The city should be looking to acquire this land," Occhipinti said in a phone interview late last week. "Eventually," he continued, "I'd like to see a pocket park where the building burned down." 

In her memo, Zimmer wrote that the city is ready to step in and do the work if the owner of the building doesn't meet the deadline. 

"As a resident of the neighborhood," Zimmer wrote, "I understand how frustrating the slow progress has been."

In early January, a safety fence was installed by the city after Zaklama didn't complete the work and the side walk has been re-opened. But still, local officials and residents alike say they would like to see the site cleaned up. 

"If this structure existed anywhere else in Hoboken, it would have been demolished," one resident wrote in an email. "This is a serious health and safety issue for our neighborhood."

FAP February 06, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Has Occhipinti explained how spending open space money on this property fits into a larger open space plan? Everything bought has to be paid for.
HobokenDad February 06, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Councilman Mello who lives a block away from these two sites and has been pro-active in the getting the sidewalks repaired and fencing in place on the west side of the street property has told me that all legal options are being persued by the City to clear and secure the Nardine's site as well. My opinion that both these sites are better suited for homes and street level retail stores. Whatever funds are available should be used to put together one cohesive larger open space in SW Hoboken.
Hi February 06, 2012 at 09:25 PM
We all know that Occhipinti understands the concept of being bought and paid for ... and if he ever forgets Beth will remind him. ;-)
IPZ790 February 07, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I live next door, this building still smells and pieces occasionally fall of it onto the sidewalk. At least they put a solid metal gate where the parking lot entrance was, this keeps the one drunk on 1st from expelling every bodily fluid known to man as well as his empty vodka bottles back there. This whole lot lets to be leveled. The city and council keep saying they suggest and want it done but have yet to do anything. They're more worried about people running out of meetings and chili cookoffs. There was a fence around it, the fence got moved back and now it's completely gone. Just take the thing down already it's becoming a safety hazard for those that live around it.
Journey February 07, 2012 at 02:54 PM
True, if they can only do one, I would also vote for focusing on the larger park.


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