OCEANPORT: Fort Monmouth could still throw its hat in the ring as a contender to bring Amazon's new corporate headquarters to New Jersey.
The Seattle-based company is the largest internet-based retailer in the world is planning a $5 billion investment with its new HQ. If the Garden State is lucky enough to lure in the company, the most likely landing spots would be either Camden or Newark, according to Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey.
However, it appears that the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) which is run by the Economic Development Authority (EDA) may submit a bid to New Jersey Partnership for Action. New Jersey Partnership For Action is made up of business groups and state agencies, is coordinating the state's bid for Amazon.
FMERA Chairman James Gorman said there is space on the fort to accommodate Amazon's request for 500,000 square feet of space that would eventually grow to 8 million square feet.
Oceanport is one of the only areas of the fort that could possibly have enough space for Amazon; specifically the 400 area located to the east of Oceanport Avenue.
However, Coffey said FMERA said he was told that FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman recently said the group was not going to submit a bid because there isn't enough space at the former fort.
Word On The Shore reached out to FMERA and received the following response; "The EDA, including FMERA, and its Partnership for Action colleagues are aligned toward the goal of submitting a proposal to Amazon that includes sites that will ensure the greatest chance of success for New Jersey."
"With that goal in mind, we cannot provide additional details at this time," according to Virginia Pellerin who handles communications for the EDA and FMERA.
The response does not clarify the situation any further, but it is likely that more information will come to light soon as Oct. 19 has been set as the submission deadline for getting bids to Amazon.