The Bayonne Planning Board approved an application by Lincoln Equities Group to construct a United Parcel Service (UPS) distribution center and an unaffiliated warehouse in Bayonne.
The project is estimated to create more than a thousand jobs.
The former Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne (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.
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.
Under the plan, there will be two buildings and three lots: one for the UPS distribution center, one for a second warehouse, and one to be given to the city for parking for the ferry terminal, currently under construction nearby.
The UPS distribution center will comprise approximately 114 acres, the warehouse approximately 45 acres, and the parking lot 1.39 acres.
The plans include 15 additional acres that Lincoln Equities purchased from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Maritime redevelopment plan was amended to include the new land last year.
Sandwiched in between the UPS center and the warehouse is a U.S. Coast Guard facility. To the east is the Cruise Port Terminal.
UPS distribution center
Trucks will move packages in and out of the facility on the north or south side of the building. Though there will be some offices and administrative areas, the majority of the building will house a conveyor system with mechanical equipment.
The two appendages on the building’s east side will be used to load packages on smaller vans that deliver packages locally as opposed to tractor trailers traveling from one distribution center to another.
Ancillary buildings include a guardhouse, truck wash tunnel, auto mechanic, fueling station, and human resources office with a customer counter.
An eight-foot chain link fence will surround the property. The portion that abuts Port Authority North-South Road will have a wooden sound barrier.
A large parking lot with 830 spaces will be between for the distribution center and the warehouse. Eighty eight spaces are allotted for the human resources office and guardhouse.
The site has 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 wharf will be used for barges to move packages, delivery trucks, and vehicles across the Hudson River into New York City, relieving the number of trucks using local streets.
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, Lincoln Equities is demolishing the buildings on the site, which costs approximately $2 million, is contributing toward road construction, and will provide open space.
Sound-proof and traffic-free
Lincoln Equities will construct an 18- to 21-foot tall sound wall adjacent to the residential area to the south.
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 warehouses. The structure was originally going to be a concrete wall.
Lincoln Equities will construct a new road connecting to Pulaski Lane West and Port Terminal Boulevard named Port Authority North-South Road.
Trucks will use Pulaski Lane West, leading to the NJ Turnpike Exit 14 interchange and Route 440, allowing trucks to avoid local streets. Trees and shrubs will be planted along the road on the side of the distribution center.
A secondary, emergency exit leads to Port Terminal Boulevard, but the trucks will be required to turn onto Port Authority North-South Road and use Pulaski Lane West.
Lincoln Equities will contribute $250,000 toward intersection improvements.
The warehouse site
Lincoln Equities will seek further planning board approvals for the warehouse site upon securing a tenant.
The site includes a tractor trailer parking lot to east of the warehouse, abutting the access road to the U.S. Coast Guard facility. More tractor trailer parking is opposite the warehouse’s loading dock. On the south side will be 227 traditional parking spaces.
A 12-foot fence will surround the warehouse. An entrance gate can be added if desired.
The sidewalk will connect the warehouse and the distribution center to the southern residential area. The hope is that people can walk to work. Both buildings will have bike racks.
Mike Ruscigno, Bayonne resident and environmentalist, addressed the board to ensure sure the number of trees would not be lowered. A total of 1,400 trees will be at the sites. Landscaping will be the parking lots and line the perimeter of both buildings. There will not be landscaping atop the berm because of the wind.
“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.
“UPS is a fabulous tenant. These are well paying jobs, and I think it’s an absolute win for the City of Bayonne.”
“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.”
“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.
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