Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, the Hudson County Board of Commissioners, Hudson County Improvement Authority Chief Executive Officer Norman Guerra, the Hudson County Improvement Authority Board of Commissioners and Landmark Hospitality officially broke ground on May 18 for The View at Lincoln Park.
The new, state-of-the-art dining and catering facility replaces the former Casino in the Park and will feature two banquet halls, a moderately priced public restaurant and a rooftop dining area.
“Lincoln Park has long been a jewel for Jersey City, with its previous banquet hall hosting distinguished guests from Frank Sinatra to President Bill Clinton,” said DeGise. “Today marks a new chapter for the future of Lincoln Park and once again puts our community on the map as a place where lifelong memories will be created. We are excited to bring this special new venue to our community and look forward to this dining experience opening in the not so distant future.”
Hudson County will own the new building with the Hudson County Improvement Authority serving as the lessor. Landmark Hospitality, which owns the nearby Liberty House Restaurant in Liberty State Park, signed a long-term lease to operate The View at Lincoln Park. Construction is expected to begin later this month with an anticipated completion date of September 2022.
“The Hudson County Improvement Authority is committed to assisting the County in its endeavors to build a new state-of-the-art dining and banquet hall in Lincoln Park,” said Guerra. “We will continue to assist every step of the way through this process and look forward to the opening of this new facility.”
The building housing the new restaurant will stand 47 feet tall. The first banquet hall is 2,850 square feet with a maximum occupancy of 190 individuals. The second banquet hall is approximately 3,375 square feet and can accommodate up to 225 individuals. The public restaurant will be 1,225 square feet and can host 175 patrons.
The project, which will be built using union laborers, will cost roughly $12 million, with Landmark Hospitality contributing a portion to complete interior construction, including the kitchens, finishes and furnishings.
Also in attendance at the Tuesday event were Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Hudson County Commissioner Bill O’Dea and Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey, who represents the community where the new facility will be built; Jeanne and Frank Cretella, owners of Landmark Hospitality; Patrick Kelleher of the Hudson County Building and Construction Trades; and Angelo DelRusso of Del-Sano Construction, the contractor of the project and local neighborhood organizations.