JERSEY CITY-This city’s deal with Honeywell International is one giant step closer to reality. The city council has formally approved a tentative settlement with the Morristown-based industrial giant involving the redevelopment of 100 acres of contaminated between Route 440 and Newark Bay at its confluence with the Hackensack River.

As reported by, officials of both Honeywell and Jersey City last week finally unveiled a plan to clean up the chromium-laced site and begin its redevelopment. The tentative agreement had ended a two-year legal battle between the city and the company over responsibility for the cleanup–the site had been contaminated by the Mutual Chemical, a predecessor company to Honeywell. With council approval, the last major hurdle is approval by the New Jersey DEP of the cleanup process.

The deal just approved by the city council calls for Honeywell to serve as the site’s master redeveloper, responsible for the cleanup and for selling the land, likely to multiple developers. The city owns 41 of the 100 acres, and would garner that share of the land sales revenue, with estimates of that share ranging as high as $150 million. Honeywell will make upfront payments to the city totaling $25 million over the next two years, which would be credited toward the city’s share of the land sales.

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