One of the biggest retailers on the planet could be expanding its footprint into New Jersey’s second-largest city if a proposed office lease at a prominent property moves forward.
Amazon is reportedly close to finalizing a deal to take over 400,000 square feet inside Mack-Cali’s Harborside complex. The lease, first reported by Bloomberg, would be for space at 150 and 210 Hudson Street, which has undergone a significant renovation that included the installation of a new façade and a redesign that features new public open spaces, a reimagined lobby, and significant infrastructure upgrades.
The revamped Harborside was formally unveiled earlier this year and has hosted a Smorgasburg market across the street. The property’s exterior additionally features an art installation designed by Hou de Sousa and a pedestrian-only area dubbed Hudson Green.
Amazon once considered building its HQ2 headquarters in Jersey City back when that competition stormed the country in 2018, with Jersey Digs uncovering exclusive details on the city’s bid. The proposal envisioned Amazon developing property at 700 Washington Boulevard, which is now home to LeFrak’s recently opened The Beach development.
Despite Amazon spurning both Jersey City and Newark for its HQ2, the company has remained quite busy in the Garden State. It opened 14 delivery stations throughout New Jersey last year and recently struck a deal to invest $125 million into an air cargo facility at Newark Liberty International Airport.
The company’s New Jersey expansion follows the escalation of their New York City presence, as Amazon signed a lease two years ago for 335,000 square feet of office space at 410 Tenth Avenue in Manhattan’s Hudson Yards complex. The company also purchased the former Lord & Taylor building on Fifth Avenue from WeWork last year for $1.15 billion, with plans to hire over 2,000 employees to work at the property.