NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Jersey Avenue corridor, already home to large warehouse operations, now will have more with the city approving two more of the structures, each with more than 50,000 square feet of space.
Planning board members on Monday approved construction of a 51,180-square-foot building at 750 Jersey Ave., next door to the Occidental Chemical building.
This is the second of three warehouses that the property owners, Wick Properties of Woodbridge, have proposed for a track that sits on Jersey Avenue adjacent to the railroad tracks. Wick obtained city approval to subdivide the land into three lots, including the property that Occidental Chemical now uses.
Attorney Thomas Kelso, who is also the lawyer for the Middlesex County freeholder board, presented details of the plans for 750 Jersey Ave., and outlined how a pharmaceutical company is expected to lease the new warehouse. Freight trains would bring prescription drugs in bulk to the rear of the warehouse, and the products would be re-packaged in the warehouse and shipped out on trucks.
Similarly, the Occidental warehouse receives rail car shipments of calcium chloride - the product commonly used to melt ice on driveways and sidewalks - and repackages it for shipment on trucks that bring it to stores, Wick officials said.
Company officials said businesses are seeking warehouse space in the area.
A section of the property for the proposed warehouse has been filled in as part of an environmental clean-up, Wick officials said. They said the state Department of Environmental Protection will continue to inspect the property every two years to ensure that there is no contamination leaching or otherwise being released from the site.
The new warehouse the planning board unanimously approved will rise of just over 36 feet high, officials said.
In a separate application, the board approved construction of a 57,200 square-foot warehouse at 520 Jersey Ave., just north of the Social Security regional office and across the street from Van Dyke Avenue.
The proposed building will be on a lot currently occupied by a junkyard.
"This is a win-win application. This will eliminate a junkyard," said James Clarkin, the attorney who developer planning to build the warehouse on the 4.48-acre tract.
The proposed 39-foot high, one-story building will be constructed with 14 bays for trucks. There is contaminated soil that must be remediated at the site, Clarkin said. He said the developer does not yet have a tenant for the building.