We at the Alessi Organization are proud to announce the grand opening of the newly built and remediated Bergan Point Commerce Center.
The Bergen Point Brass Foundry, founded in the late 19th century, was a center of enterprise for Bayonne for almost 100 years. It served an important role as a manufacturing hub for brass parts for the military, employing hundreds. Unfortunately, the site dwindled– both in employees and importance–until it was abandoned nearly two decades ago. The abandoned Brownfield site presented a significant environmental challenge as well as financial liabilities from the previous operation, which prevented the site from being developed for decades.
However, that original spirit was still inspiring; in keeping with Bergen Point’s history of enterprise, three new businesses now reside there—bringing jobs to Bayonne and renewal to Bergen Point. The former site of the Bergen Point Brass Foundry has been repurposed for the community as the newly renovated Bergan Point Commerce Center. For several months, The Alessi Organization has been remediating the site and renovating and constructing new facilities for these new businesses. These new buildings have been designed and even named with the history of the site in mind.
The first phase of the project was completed months prior, consisting of a privately- funded remediation effort and renovation of the former administration and warehouse building on West 5th Street. The company housed in this first building is the North American headquarters of Fluitec—a lubrication technology firm— which relocated its corporate headquarters, research and development lab, and warehouse to Bergen Point. The location is also home to one of the most advanced research labs in the industry.
Phase two consisted of creating a newly erected retail building on the former foundry site at the foot of the newly constructed entrance to the Bayonne Bridge. The Bergan Point Commerce Center was built on the former site of the foundry itself and even bears the foundry’s original sign. The plaza’s anchor tenant, Dollar Tree, will open officially on Tuesday, October 3rd. As Francesco and Vincent Alessi complemented Bayonne’s involvement in this endeavor, saying, “The redevelopment plan that was created by the city of Bayonne for this area was the catalyst for getting this project off the ground and completed.”
The Alessi Organization welcomes both Fluitec and Dollar Tree and encourages anyone looking for work to fill out an application at these establishments.