2 buildings imploded at Bayonne’s former MOT to make way for new UPS distribution center

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Two six-story buildings at Bayonne’s former Military Ocean Terminal to make way for a new UPS distribution center, a Lincoln Equities Group project.


LEG imploded the 1.5 million-square-foot 1940’s-era buildings at the site at 51 Port Terminal Boulevard, deemed Lincoln Logistics Bayonne.

The demolition of the 153-acre site’s last remaining structures marks the completion of three years of site preparation work, clearing the way for construction of a United Parcel Service (UPS) regional hub facility.

“The implosion of these two buildings makes way for an 887,000 square foot UPS facility, they’ll be a major storage facility, it’ll create thousands of permanent jobs, as well as thousands of construction jobs for Bayonne and Hudson County,” LEG President Joel Bergstein told HCV.

In February, UPS became the site’s anchor tenant after signing a 886,256-square foot lease for a regional hub and package distribution center. The UPS facility is expected to be completed by 2023 and has received unanimous approval from the planning board.

“We’re excited for the opportunity and growth that this project will bring to the people of Bayonne and the state of New Jersey,” said Bayonne Mayor Jimmy Davis said in a statement.

“Lincoln Logistics Bayonne will enable our city to serve as a major focal point for shipping, logistics, supply chain and innovation, and this implosion is the final step before construction begins.”

The UPS facility will feature a customized design to allow for maximum efficiency and loading docking access.

The site was once used by the U.S. Navy as a supply depot during World War II. It was acquired by the U.S. Army in 1967 but closed in 1999 amid a wave of base closures.

The buildings were built by the former occupant Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne (MOTBY), where U.S. military operations were conducted for decades on a man-made peninsula that extends into the New York Harbor.

The site contains 62.9 acres of riparian water rights, offers immediate maritime access to the Hudson River and the Newark Bay (via the Kill Van Kill), as well as direct access to the New Jersey Turnpike, Interstate 78, Route 440, Routes 1 & 9 and the GCT (just 800 feet across the channel).

The site also features an 1,800-foot wharf, which UPS is leasing, and an additional 26 acres for parking.

The implosion streamed live on our Facebook page and can be viewed below: