EPA Recognizes Prologis for Excellence in Reuse at New Jersey Superfund Site
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored Prologis with its national Excellence in Reuse award for extensive environmental cleanup work at Pulaski Distribution Center, former home of the PJP Landfill, located near the Port of New York/New Jersey.
The former landfill was infamous for the underground chemical fires that burned beneath the Pulaski Skyway in the 1970s and ’80s. It was declared a Superfund site in 1982.
After acquiring the space in 2008, Prologis spearheaded its cleanup, working closely with the EPA and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to convert the site into a modern LEED-certified distribution center. Today, the building is 100 percent leased. Customers in the building include international retailing group Ahold and wholesale packaging distributor Imperial Bag & Paper.
EPA Regional Administrator Pete Lopez presented Prologis, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and Jersey City with the Excellence in Site Reuse award. Senior Vice President, Prologis Ventures, Steve Campbell; NJDEP Deputy Commissioner Debbie Mans; and Jersey City Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil accepted the award at the PJP Landfill Superfund site in Jersey City, New Jersey.
The award recognizes Superfund site partners who have collaborated with the EPA to support redevelopment projects that benefit local communities and facilitate site cleanup. The PJP Landfill Superfund site now supports a warehouse and distribution center, continued commercial use, public open space and restored wetlands.
“This has truly been a collaborative effort between local, state and federal agencies and the community to turn this once environmentally compromised site into an economic and community asset,” said Pete. “The Excellence in Reuse award underscores how Superfund cleanups translate into tangible benefits for local communities, businesses and an area’s entire ecosystem. Redevelopment of this site will continue bringing economic, ecological and recreational benefits to the Jersey City community.”
“The City is excited to be involved with the transformation of the once-blighted landfill into a viable, mixed-use waterfront property for the public to enjoy,” said Marcos.
“When we acquired this former landfill back in 2008, we knew it would take a great deal of tenacity and teamwork to transform a site many thought could never be developed,” said Steve. “The key to success was a public-private partnership that allowed Prologis to work closely with Waste Management Corporation, the EPA, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey local and state political leadership, and, most importantly, the local community. The outcome has been positive for both the environment and the regional economy.”
WMBC News covered the event. Their video gives an in-depth history of the site and the awards ceremony.