DESCRIPTION: The Joseph G. Minish Passaic River Waterfront Park and Historic Area project is located along the west bank of the Passaic River between Bridge and Brill Streets in the City of Newark, New Jersey. This reach of the Passaic River is eroded, deteriorated and environmentally degraded due to past commercial and industrial use and flooding. The project design was comprised of three phases: Phase I is 6,000 feet of new bulkhead, 3,200 feet of restored riverbank and creation of wetlands, Phase II is the 9,200-foot waterfront walkway and Phase III is the park facilities, plazas, and landscaping. The city of Newark is pursuing a walkway, park and redevelopment area independently; therefore, Phase I is the only phase USACE will move forward on. Phase I will reduce erosion and provide environmental restoration for the impacts caused by the development of the bulkhead. The Non-Federal sponsors for Phase I is the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).
AUTHORIZATION: The project was authorized in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1990 (Public Law 101-640) as an element of the Passaic River Flood Damage Reduction Project on November 28, 1990, modified in the Water Resources Development Act of 1992 (Public Law 102-580) by extending the project area, and further modified in the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-303).
PAST CONSTRUCTION: The final Design Memorandum and Environmental Assessment were completed in May 1996. The Project Cooperation Agreement (PCA) for Phase I was executed with the NJDEP in May 1999. The first construction contract for the bulkhead at Center Street was completed in September 2000. A second construction contract for the bulkhead from Center Street to Penn Station was completed in March 2003. The third construction contract for the steel bulkhead from Jersey St to Jackson St and site clearing of the wetlands restoration site was completed in June 2006. The fourth construction contract was to construct the concrete cap on the steel bulkhead from Jersey St. to Jackson St. was completed in November 2010.
STATUS: A Hurricane Sandy Limited Evaluation Report was approved in October of 2016, allowing the completion of Phase I at 100% Federal expense. The contract for Reach 3A was awarded in December 2019 and includes bulkhead work that will provide a continuous bulkhead from approximately Center Street north to approximately Lombardy Street. Contract 3A is scheduled for completion in the Spring of 2021. The designs for reaches 3B and 4B are at 90%. Reaches 3B and 4B have been separated into two contracts, rather than one, due to the difficulties anticipated with real estate acquisition for reach 4B. Contract 3B award is scheduled for Aug. 2021. Contract 4B award is scheduled for April 2022. In June 2020, the stream bank stabilization section has been eliminated from the project due to the construction of a park in a portion and the remaining portion being deemed stable, due to 20 years of natural vegetation.
Mr. Jason Shea
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Phone: (917) 790-8727
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278-0090
CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NJ-08, NJ-10