Secaucus mayor Michael Gonnelli is fighting Hartz Mountain Industries over a piece of land that is part of the former Panasonic site.
When Panasonic was still in Secaucus, the land contained a baseball field and a tennis court, which was open to the public (who knew?). Gonnelli wants that part of the land to remain open to the public while Hartz says the incoming tenant has rights to the area.
The baseball field and tennis courts have already been razed and the new tenant is planning to build a 300,000 square-foot warehouse.
Gonnelli told The Jersey Journal:
“I will take that battle on and I will do everything in my power as a mayor and as a member of the Mayor’s Committee on the Meadowlands Commission to ensure that that remains green space,” Gonnelli said.
Gonnelli also said he would try and block the development via the Meadowlands Commission if Hartz does not relent.