There was jubilation in Newark as the various groups that fought the Port Authority’s planned lease of space in the northern districts of Newark Airport to Amazon fought a victory lap after nearly a year of opposing what they described as secret negotiations with Amazon.
Amid Friday’s celebration of the Port Authority’s announcement Thursday that it was ending negotiations with Amazon to build a global air freight hub at the site of two existing buildings, there was an outlook on what’s next and how a potential tenant should address the concerns of neighbors in Newark and Elizabeth, as well as other adversaries, who have sprung up. Since last August.
The Port Authority’s decision to end talks on “pending issues” capped 11 months of controversy after the Authority’s Board of Commissioners added an item to its agenda on August 5, 2021 to open lease negotiations with Amazon for 250,000 square feet. An air freight hub that was to employ 1,000 workers.