PORT-RELATED SOUTH JERSEY SITE SET FOR DEVELOPMENT
A gunpowder factory that has long been shuttered is scheduled to be developed into a privately owned port along the Delaware River in Greenwich Township, South Jersey. The announcement was made by State Senate President Steve Sweeney. He led a press conference to report that the former DuPont Repauno plant was sold to Fortress Investment Group of New York, which has similar ports in the Florida Everglades, the Port of Miami and Beaumont, Texas. Sweeney said more than nine years of marketing, searching and negotiating went into the sale of the site of more than 1,700 acres. A spokesman for Fortress said it is possible the new port could include import and export facilities for automobiles and warehousing.
GENERIC DRUG FIRM TO BRING 300 JOBS TO EAST WINDSOR
Mayor Janice Mironov announced Aurobindo Pharma USA has purchased 90 acres on Windsor Center Drive in East Windsor with plans to develop the site for a major pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution center. Aurobindo is a generic pharmaceutical manufacturer and wholly owned subsidiary of Aurobindo Limited headquartered in India. The new center is expected to generate at least 300 new jobs at the East Windsor location.
WORK BEGINS ON 300-UNIT COMPLEX IN NORTH ARLINGTON
Work began on a 300-unit luxury rental community known as Woodmont West in North Arlington on a 55-acre site on Valley Road at the Howard Boulevard Exit on I-80. The developer is Woodmont Properties based in Fairfield. The firm said the new complex is convenient to retail and transportation options such as an NJ Transit station. It is expected to be completed by January 2016.
ALLIANCE ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR DISTINGUISHED ENGINEERING AWARDSThe New Jersey Alliance for Action is accepting nominations for the third annual Distinguished Engineering Awards program. The deadline to submit nominations is Thursday, March 26. Innovative and outstanding engineering firms will be saluted on a date and site to be announced for unique projects that positively impact New Jersey's economy and environment. To enter for consideration, companies should provide the following information: Project name and short summary, including the projects goal or mission; company name and short description on why the project should be honored. The information should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The applications could include transportation, waste and storm water, state, county and municipal public building, private sector and other projects.
LOCAL VOTERS APPROVE $86.8 MILLION IN SCHOOL PROJECTS
At special school construction elections in seven districts, voters approved a total of $86.8 million in projects. This was 61 percent of the ballot questions. All the projects approved qualify for state aid to cover part of the costs. In Glassboro, voters authorized two proposals of $13.8 million and $9.7 million for improvements to five schools and the administration building. Edison residents voted Yes on a $48.1 million proposal for construction of a new elementary school to replace James Monroe School destroyed by fire in March 2014. In Atlantic County, local voters in Greater Egg Harbor Regional approved a $20.3 million program to upgrade three high schools.
WORK BEGINS ON TURNPIKE 14A TOLL PLAZA
Work began on reconstruction of the New Jersey Turnpike 14A toll plaza that is expected to bring major traffic relief to the area. The project involves rehabilitating and expanding the toll plaza from 11 to 13 lanes and replacement of a two-lane bridge with a four-lane span to move vehicles to Route 440, Route 185 and Port Jersey Boulevard. The improvements will reduce delays on the Newark Bay-Hudson County Extension and relieve congestion on Bayonne and Jersey City streets. About 50,000 vehicles, including 6,000 trucks, use the 14A toll plaza on a typical weekday. Total cost of the project is estimated at $310 million, which will be toll-funded as part of the Turnpike's ten-year, $7 billion capital program. The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018.