The town of Perth Amboy near the Ports of New Jersey and New York has a vibrant history of industrial activity and trade. Despite the city’s extensive revitalization efforts, acres of abandoned, contaminated brownfields sites still dot its communities. A large waterfront plot caught the attention of Panattoni Development and PA Associates, which saw potential in its location, workforce, and existing infrastructure.
The original concept for the master plan addresses the multitude of building types an urban environment demands and takes advantage of the city’s existing urban structure. The building designs are versatile and flexible, allowing future tenants to combine or expand their buildings while maintaining the integrity of the master plan. Recognizing industrial development can present challenges to good urban places, KSS also considered issues such as truck access and loading, security and the difficult scale that large buildings present. The plan organizes truck routes and loading areas without negative impact to pedestrian access and carefully organizes building types and facades to address issues of scale while preserving the characteristics that attract potential industrial users and give the site lasting value.