NORTH BERGEN, N.J. (Jan. 24, 2019) — Mayor Nicholas J. Sacco and the Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $13.5 Million Bond Ordinance at last night’s regular meeting that will allow the township to move forward with plans to build the new North Bergen Community Center & Library complex. Located at 13th Street and Kennedy Boulevard, NBCC&L will include an expanded Downtown Library space, recreation facilities, community rooms and much more. The project is expected to go out to bid in the coming months and break ground this Spring.
“Our team is always working to improve our community and offer even better services to residents, and this project will be an incredibly exciting new addition to North Bergen,” said Mayor Sacco. “This is sorely needed in the Downtown area and we believe that it will benefit residents for decades to come once it is completed.”
NBCC&L will consist of five floors with two levels of garage parking, which will preserve street parking for neighboring residents. The Library floor will replace the current North Bergen Public Library Kennedy Branch and allow for even more community programs and services with a computer lab, classrooms, study areas and multi-purpose community rooms. Above the Library will be a Fitness Center including an indoor basketball court with six hoops, fitness classrooms and an outdoor exercise area. Finally, the facility will be topped by a rooftop recreational field that will be used for soccer, football and other activities.
“NBCC&L will allow our Recreation Department to continue expanding and offering new and exciting programs to North Bergen children, keeping them active and engaged all year round,” said Parks and Recreation Commissioner Hugo Cabrera.
The $13.5 Million cost of the project is expected to be defrayed by federal, state and county grants that the township will be applying for, and the bond ordinance was crafted so that the amount approved can be adjusted once grants are secured. North Bergen’s bond rating was recently upgraded by Moody’s to Aa2, which will result in significantly lower interest costs for taxpayers.