UPS distribution center coming to Bayonne?

The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Feb. 9

Bayonne’s redevelopment boom continues to be a economic driver in Hudson County, as well as throughout the state and region.

The Bayonne Planning Board will hold a hearing on Feb. 9 to approve amendments to Lincoln Equities Group’s (LEG) site plan to permit the construction of a distribution center to host United Parcel Service (UPS) as a tenant.

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The original plan approved construction of 1.5 million square feet of industrial warehouse space totaling four buildings between 150,000 to 477,000 square feet each.

Lincoln Equities acquired the site in 2018, which consists of approximately 153 waterfront acres with direct access to Global Container Terminals and the NJ Turnpike. The site also has direct water access to a wharf with roll-on, roll-off capabilities that may permit UPS to create a water highway to New York City and beyond.

The UPS project is estimated to create more than a thousand jobs.

Officials applaud the move

“When I first became Mayor in 2014 the development of MOTBY and bringing jobs back to Bayonne were my top priorities,” said Bayonne Mayor James Davis. “This project with UPS helps me accomplish both, and is not only good for Bayonne but for the entire region.”

“This is a welcome addition to the revitalization of the former MOTBY site and great news for Bayonne’s families,” said U.S. Senator Bob Menendez. “I applaud Mayor Davis and his council for their continued leadership in attracting new, good-paying jobs and economic opportunities to the city.”

MOTBY was transferred to the City in 1999 and under the Davis Administration has seen a flurry of development, including residential and commercial sites such as COSTCO, Starbucks, and Lidl.

“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 of us” said Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti.

“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,” said City Council President Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski.

Redevelopment boom

In July, the Bayonne City Council adopted an ordinance granting Lincoln Equities a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement for a term of thirty years. In return, the redeveloper is demolishing the buildings on the site, which costs approximately $2 million, and is contributing toward road construction and open space.

In 2019, the council approved a license agreement with Lincoln Equities to construct a landscaped barrier known as an earthen berm to buffer sound from the industrial warehouse sites that it’s slated to construct. Lincoln Equities was already required to build a sound-proofing structure prior to the license agreement, but the structure was originally going to be a concrete wall.

To attend the hearing held virtually via TetherView, go to the city’s website and click on the event on the calendar webpage. For more information, go to

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