The large ten foot table in Linden Mayor Derek Armstead's office is crowded with neatly organized files. It's understandable since the vacant land in his city has become attractive for warehouse facilities.
The reality is that the tremendous need for warehouse space to meet the bustling Port of New York and New Jersey and the availability of vacant land and even some deserted retail box stores buildings has made the city an inviting location.
So much so, that Linden officials claim to be hub of warehouse development - the largest in the entire east coast. The lack of available space elsewhere and the potential at the city's Trembly Point road made the city a natural.
Armstead points to the Linden's new logistics center along the New Jersey Turnpike with a staggering 840,000 square feet and a second building of 480,000 square feet both located less than 20 miles for New York City. With access from USI, Marine Terminal and the Turnpike the city became a natural for the ferocious warehouse surge.
The difference is that while some communities such as Robbinsville and Piscataway have mounted legal challenges to warehousing, the vacant and underutilized land in Linden made it a welcome location.
One published report estimated that 11.1 million square feet of warehouse space was leased just in the past fiscal quarter of 2021. For the trucking industry the evening television shows urging online shopping means there has to be a place to store the goods before being delivered.
The warehouse locations in Linden have become home to Amazon, and Walgreens among others. For Mayor Armstead, the ability to provide new job opportunities, new tax ratables, and little demand for municipal services is a coup.
For the motor carrier industry that volume growth equates to demand for providing supply to the goods to meet the expansion.
By Frank Capece an attorney who represents Trucking Companies
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