By Joshua Burd
Rockefeller Group has attracted another tenant to its new logistics park in Piscataway, securing a 155,000-square-foot lease with a maker of office furniture and products.
The developer and its joint venture partner, PCCP LLC, on Thursday announced the commitment by Humanscale at the planned 2.1-million-square-foot industrial campus. The tenant, which designs and manufactures ergonomic office solutions, will use the space for distribution of its products.
“We’re excited to welcome Humanscale, which is widely respected as a pioneer and innovator in its industry,” said Brandi Hanback, executive vice president and head of industrial development nationally for Rockefeller Group. “The world-class companies that have made the decision to bring their operations to Piscataway are proof that this project is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after distribution hubs in New Jersey and the entire Northeast.”
Cushman & Wakefield’s Jules Nissim, Stan Danzig and Marc Petrella serve as the marketing and leasing agent for the logistics park and represented ownership, along with an in-house team led by Rockefeller Group’s Heath Abramsohn, vice president and regional director for the New Jersey and Pennsylvania region. Mark Jones of Lennard Commercial Realty in Toronto and James Scancarella of Cresa New Jersey represented Humanscale.
The office products company is the second announced tenant at the 228-acre site near Interstate 287, following the news earlier this year that Best Buy would take 755,000 square feet. Upon completion, the complex will comprise five buildings.
“Humanscale is a terrific addition to this project,” Abramsohn said. “We very much appreciate the support of local officials and the greater Piscataway community for fostering an environment that businesses like Humanscale and Best Buy want to be a part of.”
Lynda M. Dehn, vice president, contracts and strategic relationships for Humanscale, noted that the company’s manufacturing facility is also in Piscataway, calling the new industrial park “an ideal solution.”
“Servicing our customers is of the utmost importance to us,” Dehn said. “As we experience a continued demand for our products, we continue to invest in infrastructure to make the fulfillment process simple and smooth.”
Rockefeller acquired the former brownfield site last summer from Lincoln Equities Group LLC and Real Capital Solutions. The $57 million sale came three years after the sellers purchased the site, which housed a former plastics manufacturing plant and was later remediated by Union Carbide Corp., and secured entitlements and a 30-year tax abatement for development.
The buildings will include a combination of speculative and build-to-suit opportunities. Rockefeller also noted that the logistics park has built-in flexibility, allowing users to either lease or own space.
“We are thrilled that the economic development of our township continues to flourish with companies like Humanscale locating and expanding in Piscataway,” Piscataway Mayor Brian C. Wahler said. “The entire community benefits when good paying jobs are available to local residents and we wish Humanscale the best of luck on its ever-growing success.”