EXCLUSIVE: Secaucus company submits proposal to lure Amazon headquarters
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SECAUCUS -- DT Allen, a Midland Park, N.J.-based contracting company with more than 60 acres of property in Secaucus, submitted an entry for Amazon's second global headquarters in October, The Secaucus Reporter has learned. Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the company’s vice president, Greg Allen, confirmed last week that the company submitted plans.

Titled “A Vision For 15X,” the plan -- if chosen -- looks to transform 105 acres, from the Secaucus Junction NJ Transit Station to the Hackensack River, into a mixed use, transit-oriented Amazon Global Headquarters Village development. Over 200 cities so far have issued proposals to host Amazon's HQ2. The company plans on revealing its choice by next year, per its RFP document.

However, Gonnelli and other city representatives said that they’re against the proposal as it stands, because it would include temporary corporate housing, adding to the town’s population. But they say they would not be against a plan that brings Amazon to the town, in general.

In an October letter to Amazon's Seattle headquarters, County Executive Tom DeGise endorsed the proposal, saying that “Hudson County's unique landscape, culture, and facilities present an exciting opportunity for Amazon to create a new headquarters which will fulfill Amazon's soaring ambitions.”

The plan's name stems from the site's proximity to exit 15X on the New Jersey Turnpike. Uses would include retail, hotels, restaurants, parks, and even a publicly accessible marina.

The plan's creators also believe it is consistent with the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission's Vision Statement, including revitalizing underused areas and creating a revitalized urban landscape.

Currently, DT Allen owns 65 acres on the site, primarily vacant land. It is on the former Malanka landfill, partially located in Secaucus and Jersey City. To see the full story, pick up the next issue of the Secaucus or North Bergen Reporter, or come back to hudsonreporter.com starting this Sunday.

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