M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal — New Jersey/Pennsylvania — May 15 - 28, 2020 — 13B


N ew J ersey /P ennsylvania

ORTHERN, NJ — As federal and state governments address Emergency response, enhancedmember support and resources among Association’s ongoing efforts NAIOP New Jersey works to protect commercial real estate during COVID-19 crisis N

and find solutions that will address both the long- and short-term implications of this crisis. We are also working closely with government at all levels informing them on how best to navigate their strategic response.” NAIOP New Jersey’s recent actions included: Emergency Response. In response to Governor Mur- phy’s plea to assist with relief efforts, NAIOP New Jersey members stepped up gener- ously by identifying over 1.5 million s/f of space (nearly half in Bergen and Hudson coun- ties) for potential conversion to makeshift intensive care facilities and other emergency operations uses to support first responders and those infected with COVID-19. “It is truly heart-warming to know that the Meadowlands Confer- ence Center space (donated by Hartz Mountain Industries) is being transformed by the US Army Corps into a field hospital to be open April 3. We are also working closely with the Port Authority of

NY & NJ and surveying in- dustrial members to identify their warehouse capacity and continued ability to process containers in the upcoming months. The goal is to miti- gate further adverse impacts on the region’s supply chain,” McGuinness said. EnhancedMember Support. Thanks to advocacy efforts by NAIOP New Jersey and other business leaders, construction work (including industrial, lo- gistics, port-related, shipping, food production and delivery, and trucking) is considered essential and is permitted to continue (with limited staff on site and other important cave- ats). NAIOP New Jersey also has asked that if a shutdown order is issued for construc- tion, exemptions be given to construction activities related to essential businesses. The association continues to work with a coalition of business leaders on several important actions such as extending rule-making calen- dars, including rule proposals, adoptions, comment periods,

regularly, and members are encouraged to submit byline articles, links to blog posts and any other helpful infor- mation. Food Assistance. With un- employment claims rising dra- matically, New Jersey food banks and pantries are strug- gling to assist residents dealing with food insecurity during this critical time. NAIOP New Jersey is asking those with the means to assist two of its partner organizations, The Community FoodBank of New Jersey and Fulfill Monmouth & Ocean. NAIOP New Jersey will be holding volunteer days at both operations later this year. Founded in 1970, NAIOP New Jersey is a chapter of NAIOP, the nation’s leading trade association for develop- ers, owners, investors, asset managers and other profes- sionals in commercial real estate with 20,000 members in North America. NAIOP advances responsible commer- cial real estate development and advocates for effective public policy. 

stakeholder meetings and public hearings; continuing local inspections and approv- als; directing the Department of Transportation to immedi- ately issue all final permits for pending, pre-approved appli- cations (e.g., road widening), to allow developers to continue with "approved" planned de- velopment construction activi- ties; and extending all state and local deadlines associ- ated with statutory mandates, regulations, local ordinances, permit applications and condi- tions, grants and filings. Access to Important Re- sources. At this time of over- whelming industry disruption, NAIOPNew Jersey recognizes the importance of providing members with timely and accurate information and answers. A “Member to Mem- ber COVID-19 Resources” page was recently launched at www.NAIOPNJ.org, with links to resources, best prac- tices guidance, Q&As and the names of members that can be contacted about specific topics or issues. The page is updated

t h e C O - VID-19 cri- sis, NAIOP New Jer - sey is serv- ing as a vital resource on issues affect- ing the Gar- den State’s commercial

Michael McGuinness

real estate industry, provid- ing necessary and ongoing assistance and advocacy to its members and the community at large. “Repercussions from the on- going COVID-19 pandemic are far-reaching and unknown, but the impact on the com- mercial real estate industry certainly will be substantial,” said Michael McGuinness , CEO. “In these rapidly-chang- ing times, we are doing all we can to keep the market moving in a positive direc- tion while working closely with our member companies to provide necessary support


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