Lincoln Equities Group (LEG) undertook the demolition of two six-story, 1.5 million-square-foot bomb-proof structures on Sunday, August 8. The demolition of the 1940s era buildings allows construction to commence on the new United Parcel Service (UPS) facility at the 153-acre waterfront industrial park in Bayonne, New Jersey on the Military Ocean Terminal peninsula.
As the buildings which were imploded were designed to withstand a bomb blast, the demolition crew had to remove the bomb-proof panels by cutting inside columns to place the explosives. This is the second implosion at the site following the 2018 demolition of a 175-foot smokestack and a 150-foot steel water tower. The demolition of the final structures completes three years of site preparation work.
“Since purchasing the massive site in 2018, our crews have worked steadily to ready it for construction, which involved importing over one million tons of clean fill to raise the site out of the flood plain and demolishing multiple former U.S. military buildings,” says LEG President Joel Bergstein. “Now, construction can begin on the 1.4-million-square-foot logistics complex that will create thousands of jobs and play a vital role in expanding the local overall economy.”
UPS became the site’s anchor tenant earlier this year after signing a 886,256-square-foot lease for a regional hub and package distribution center, one of the state’s largest industrial transactions in 2021. The UPS facility is expected to be completed by 2023 and is estimated to create over 1,000 jobs. It will feature a customized design to allow for maximum efficiency and loading docking access.
The Lincoln Logistics Bayonne is located seven miles from Newark, New Jersey, and eight miles from Manhattan’s Holland Tunnel. The site contains 62.9 acres of riparian water rights, offering maritime access to the Hudson River and Newark Bay (via the Kill Van Kill). It also provides direct access to the New Jersey Turnpike, Interstate 78, Route 440, Routes 1 & 9, and is 800 feet across the channel from the Global Container Terminal (GCT). The site also features an 1,800-foot wharf, which UPS is leasing, and an additional 26 acres for parking.
The Bayonne site was used as a supply depot by the U.S. Navy during World War II. It was acquired by the U.S. Army in 1967 but closed in 1999 during a series of base closures. The buildings were constructed by the former occupant, Military Ocean Terminal at Bayonne (MOTBY), where U.S. military operations were conducted for decades on a human-made peninsula that extends into the New York Harbor.
Lincoln Equities Group (LEG) is a full-service real estate firm based in East Rutherford. It is the owner and developer of Lincoln Logistics Bayonne.