With a knife and a giant pair of scissors, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop made official the opening of the Hague during Saturday’s “Beacon Birthday” celebration.
The leasing of the new luxury apartment building marks the total fulfillment of a long, ambitious, sometimes-troubled dream to turn a shuttered Art Deco-style hospital fully into “The Beacon,” an eight-unit complex of condos and market rate apartments. The last of those buildings to be opened was the Hague.
First, Fulop cut the red ribbon to the entryway of the building. Then he cut the cake, a fondant-wrapped replica of the Hague building crafted by Carlo’s Bakery.
The ceremony took place at about 3 p.m., following a rapid-paced tour of the Hague from Mitch Bodner, managing director for Beacon development firm Building and Land Technology.
Fulop told a crowd that the completion of The Beacon, one of the biggest historic renovation projects in America, has strong significance for the city. “Jersey City has one of the best renaissance stories in the entire country,” he said, with Bodner and Mauro Castano, of “Cake Boss” fame, by his side.
Thousands of people gathered in Overlook Park to enjoy food at the celebratory public event. The group included current residents of the complex and prospective renters, who were able to take tours.