PERTH AMBOY — The City of Perth Amboy is seeking a redeveloper for a prime 100-acre site with rail access and 1,700 linear feet of deep-water frontage on the Arthur Kill, a major navigational channel for the Port of New York and New Jersey.
The city has issued an RFP (request for proposal), for which the submission of a letter of interest is due March 10. The site has been designated an ePort (“e” is for energy) Redevelopment Project Area with the goal of attracting businesses and redevelopers to the site.
The RFP can be found on the city’s website at http://ci.perthamboy.nj.us/public-notice-information-data-collection.html.
Although submissions will not be limited to the renewable energy sector, extra consideration will be applied to this type of use, as well as for projects that incorporate sustainability and green building concepts. The RFP calls for proposals to be submitted by April 28.
“We are very excited by the potential of this site,” said Helga van Eckert, the director of the city’s office of economic and community development, redevelopment, UEZ and BID. “The location makes the site ideal for a host of uses, including as a renewable energy research, development and manufacturing hub.”
The shovel-ready site, which was formerly devoted to heavy industrial and commercial uses, has a state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Remedial Action Workplan (RAWP) in place, and has received site plan approvals for certain uses from the city planning board.
A component of the environmental remediation has been completed. Additionally, while further remediation is necessary, a remediation escrow fund has been established to cover a portion of the costs associated with the cleanup.
The designation of the site as an energy port fits in well with New Jersey’s emerging position as one of the world’s largest solar markets, but the city is also interested in attracting businesses in the offshore wind and hydrokinetic sectors that can take advantage of the site’s deep-water frontage, van Eckert said.
The site features approximately 1,700 linear feet of shoreline and a deep-water port on the Arthur Kill, a major shipping route within the Port of New York and New Jersey, the East’s largest port. The site can easily accommodate the large barges and vessels required for the distribution and transportation of manufactured materials.
Also, the site is centrally located among the 10 eastern states, ranging from Maine to North Carolina, that have formed an Offshore Wind Energy Consortium to promote the development of offshore wind energy generation.
The site’s other advantages include a location at the heart of one of the world’s largest and most affluent consumer markets and a superior transportation network with deep-water port and rail access, as well as convenient access to nearby Newark Liberty International Airport and major highways including Interstates 80, 95, 280 and 287, the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway.
Businesses that locate at the site are also entitled to economic development incentives. The site has been designated a New Jersey Portfield site and is located in an Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ), a Redevelopment Area and a Brownfield Development Area — all designations that offer potential financial, planning and environmental remediation incentives, as well as expedited regulatory review and approval.
The UEZ designation, for instance, offers benefits including employee tax credits for new hires; sales and use tax exemptions on purchases related to construction materials, office supplies, equipment and furniture; a 50 percent reduction in the state sale tax (customers pay 3.5 instead of 7 percent); and unemployment insurance bill rebates.
The city’s economic development team invites companies involved in research, development or manufacturing that are looking for a site on which to locate a research facility, office or plant to visit Perth Amboy. The team is fully committed to an innovative economic development strategy that creates a welcoming environment for new business.
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