A former smelting facility with significant contamination transformed into an economic driver and world-class distribution facility through effective leadership and a strong public-private partnership.
This 150-acre brownfield at the foot of the Outerbridge Crossing sat unimproved and contaminated for 30 years with no strong precedence for how best to remediate and reuse the property. It wasn’t until Viridian Partners, LCC and Goldman Sachs partnered with the City in 2012, that a progressive remedial plan was developed and enacted. Between 2013 and 2016, Phase I of the project prepared the land for reuse as 1.1 million square feet of warehousing and distribution. In 2016, the redevelopment agency oversaw the transition of the property to Bridge Development Partners, LLC for vertical construction, and Phase II of the project in partnership with Environmental Liability Transfer, LLC.
Phase I is expected to create between 1,000 to 1,500 jobs, bring in $180 million worth of investment into the city, and increase the property’s value by $20 million. Phase II will add an additional $100 million of investment and another 400 to 600 jobs. As of early 2017, Phase I is securing tenants and Phase II will begin construction in the Fall, with an expected completion date of summer 2018.
Insight: With efficient, focused project management and strong leadership from city administration, even the most difficult sites can be repurposed through effective public-private partnerships.
Redevelopment Agency Executive Director + City Planner
Wilda Diaz, Mayor
Perth Amboy Redevelopment Agency
Joseph Maraziti, Redevelopment Agency Counsel
Tom Herits, Redevelopment Agency Engineer
Viridian Partners, Land Developer
Bridge Development, Vertical Developer
Environmental Liability Transfer, Inc.
600 – 1,000 jobs
$4m – $8m in ratables
New Water, Sewer, and Road Infrastructure
2.3 million square feet of warehousing and distribution
Phase I: Completed Fall 2017
Phase II: Remediation Spring 2018
Construction Fall 2018