(Linden, NJ – Nov. 8, 2012) In the days since Hurricane Sandy hit the densely populated East Coast, New Jersey officials have been working to assemble thousands of responders from around the country to help restore electricity and other utilities to its residents. Part of this intensive recovery plan included the difficult task of finding a large block of available land in northeast New Jersey to set up a staging area and encampment facilities for the workers who were en route to help.
Fortunately for the state of New Jersey, Duke Realty, a nationwide commercial real estate developer, has a site in Linden, New Jersey, a city extremely close to the areas hardest hit by Sandy’s wrath, that is ideally located to accommodate some of the up to 10,000 arriving workers, their trucks and equipment, and the trailers and tents that they will be living in until their work is complete. Located on S.R. 1 and 9, just 13 miles southwest of Manhattan and bordering Staten Island, the site was purchased by Duke Realty several years ago.
Since acquiring the property, Duke Realty has worked to prepare the site for future development by razing a former General Motors plant, grading the land, paving access streets and putting infrastructure in place. Known as Legacy Commerce Center, Duke Realty’s development is now ready for the construction of industrial and retail buildings, so the company has been talking to area brokers about the site’s advantages.
One broker who Duke Realty had spoken with about Legacy Commerce Center is the former Secretary of Commerce for the State of New Jersey. His familiarity with Duke Realty and Legacy Commerce Center prompted him to mention it to New Jersey officials responsible for setting up the staging areas. After they expressed interest in the site, Peter Scholz, Senior Vice President responsible for Duke Realty’s New Jersey properties, worked with New Jersey officials and made arrangements for them to immediately have access and begin using the site.
“Duke Realty is happy to be able to help in any way we can to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy get their lives back to normal,” said Scholz. “As a company, we are committed to being a responsible corporate citizen and supporting the communities where we do business. As soon as we heard that New Jersey needed a staging site for out-of-town utility crews, we wanted to help. Legacy Commerce Center is ideal for this purpose because it is so close to many hard-hit communities and the site work we have done make the property ideal for this purpose.”
About Duke Realty
Duke Realty owns and operates approximately 142 million rentable square feet of industrial and office assets, including medical office, in 18 major U.S. cities. Duke Realty Corporation is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol DRE and is listed on the S&P MidCap 400 Index. More information about Duke Realty is available at www.dukerealty.com.