The West Windsor Planning Board voted 6-2 on June 29 to approve a plan for a mammoth 5.5-million-square-foot warehouse development on the old 653-acre American Cyanamid tract.
The project, called the Bridge Point 8 Industrial Park, calls for the construction of seven warehouses on the tract, which is located at the corner of Route 1 and Quakerbridge Road.
The site is one of the largest contiguous undeveloped properties on the East Coast and has been called the “crown jewel” of undeveloped tracts in the state.
The developer, Bridge Point WW LLC, is proposing that the complex be built in two phases.
Phase I involves building three warehouse buildings totaling 3.01 million square feet.
It also calls for the construction of a new road through the site that would run from the intersection of Quakerbridge Road and Avalon Way to Route 1 across from Nassau Park Boulevard.
The second phase calls for the construction of four warehouse buildings totaling over 2.5 million square feet.
Also proposed for the site, but not part of the current application, is an additional 150,000 square feet of retail space, 192,000 square feet of office space, a 16-pump gas station with a convenience market, and two hotels providing 230 rooms.
Numerous township residents opposing the plan have attended the four meetings in May and June during which the board has considered the application.
The residents’ concerns include the impact of trucks generated by the development on area roads, including Route 571 and Clarksville and Quakerbridge roads, and the pollution caused by the additional traffic.
A study by Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, the developer’s traffic consultant, estimates that Phase I of the project will generate approximately 512 new trips (car and truck) during the weekday morning peak hour and 542 new trips during the weekday evening peak hour.
Langan estimates that Phase II will generate approximately 434 new trips during the weekday morning peak hour and 460 new trips during the weekday evening peak hour.
The future development of the proposed office, retail, and hotel space is estimated to generate 745 new trips during the weekday morning peak hour and 1,069 new trips during the weekday evening peak hour.
The total at full buildout of the site, based on Langan’s numbers, is 1,691 car and truck trips during the a.m. rush hour and 2,071 during the p.m. rush.
Chicago-based Bridge Development Partners, the parent company of Bridge Point WW LLC, is focused on the development and acquisition of industrial properties in the United States and United Kingdom. Bridge is leasing the site from Atlantic Realty, which purchased the property from the Howard Hughes Corporation in 2019 for $40 million.
In 2020, the township reached a settlement agreement with Atlantic Realty to resolve pending litigation that had been filed by Howard Hughes.
The corporation challenged the zoning of the property, and the developer was pushing a plan to build a mixed-use project, featuring retail businesses, commercial offices and up to 2,000 residential units. Township residents and officials had long been opposed to building residences on the property, due to the impact they would have on municipal services and schools.