The Bayonne Planning Board is expected to approve an 880,000 square-foot UPS facility at the old Military Ocean Terminal at tomorrow’s meeting.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The plan, proposed by the Lincoln Equities Group, seeks to construct a distribution center that would host UPS as a tenant on about 150 acres of waterfront land that have direct access to Global terminals and the New Jersey Turnpike.
“When I first became mayor in 2014, the development of MOTBY and bringing jobs back to Bayonne were my top priorities. This project with UPS helps me to accomplish both and is not only good for Bayonne but for the entire region,” Mayor Jimmy Davis said in a joint statement.
He continued that this endeavor will create over a thousand jobs in the Peninsula City.
“This is a welcomed addition to the revitalization of the former MOTBY site and great news for Bayonne’s families. I applaud Mayor Davis and his council for their continued leadership in attracting new, good-paying jobs and economic opportunities for the city,” added U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ).
The MOTBY land was transferred to the city back in 1999 and has seen the rise of buildings such as the Costco, Starbucks, and Lidl in recent years.
“As the executive director of the Redevelopment Agency under Mayor Doria, I always knew the potential benefits of MOTBY and today as a resident and elected official I can proudly say that the addition of UPS to our city is a win for all us,” explained Assemblyman Nick Chiaravalloti (D-31).
The original site plan approved construction of 1.5 million square feet within four buildings that could span between 150,000 and 477,000 square feet.
The site also has direct water access with wharf with “roll on roll off” capabilities that may permit UPS to create “a water highway” to New York City.
“This project is part of the city’s overall goal of promoting balanced development within our city that not only benefits the new businesses and investors but helps support the economy of the whole city,” noted Council President Sharon Nadrowski.
The Bayonne Planning Board will convene virtually tomorrow at 6 p.m and can be viewed here.