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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Foreign-Trade Zones Board
[Docket 81-97]

 
Proposed Foreign-Trade Zone: Lakewood, New Jersey; Application 
and Public Hearing

    An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) 
Board (the Board) by the Township of Lakewood, New Jersey, to establish 
a general-purpose foreign-trade zone in Lakewood, New Jersey, adjacent 
to the Philadelphia Consolidated Customs port of entry. The application 
was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the FTZ Act, as amended (19 
U.S.C. 81a-81u), and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR Part 400). It 
was formally filed on December 8, 1997. The applicant is authorized to 
make the proposal under New Jersey Statutes Annotated 12:13-1.
    The proposed zone would be the third general-purpose zone in the 
New Jersey portion of the Philadelphia Consolidated Customs port of 
entry area. The existing zones are: FTZ 142 at sites in Salem/
Millville, New Jersey (Grantee: South Jersey Port Corporation, Board 
Order 358, 52 F.R. 33855, 9/8/87); and FTZ 200 in Mercer County, New 
Jersey (Grantee: County of Mercer, New Jersey, Board Order 683, 59 F.R. 
13698, 3/23/94).
    The proposed new zone would consist of 2 sites (2,248 acres) in the 
Township of Lakewood: Site 1 (3 contiguous parcels, 1,996 acres)--
Parcel A (1,540 acres)--Lakewood Industrial Park (includes the Lakewood 
Airport), State Highway Route 70, Lakewood; Parcel B (47 acres)--Pine 
Street South Industrial District, Pine Street, Lakewood; Parcel C (409 
acres)--Lakewood Industrial Campus West, Cedar Bridge Avenue, Lakewood; 
and Site 2 (252 acres)--Prospect Street Industrial Park, Prospect and 
James Streets, Lakewood. Parcel A in Site 1 and Site 2 are located 
within a State Urban Enterprise Zone, and Parcels B and C are expected 
to be included in a proposed expansion of the Urban Enterprise Zone. 
The applicant or the Lakewood Industrial Commission owns a substantial 
portion of the land, with the remaining property being privately owned.
    The application contains evidence of the need for foreign-trade 
zone services in the Lakewood area. Several firms have indicated an 
interest in using zone procedures for warehousing/distribution 
activity. Specific manufacturing approvals are not being sought at this 
time. Requests would be made to the Board on a case-by-case basis.
    In accordance with the Board's regulations, a member of the FTZ 
Staff has been designated examiner to investigate the application and 
report to the Board.
    As part of the investigation, the Commerce examiner will hold a 
public hearing on January 15, 1998, 1:00 p.m., Conference Room C, 
Township of Lakewood Municipal Building, 231 Third Street, Lakewood, 
New Jersey 08701.
    Public comment on the application is invited from interested 
parties. Submissions (original and 3 copies) shall be addressed to the 
Board's Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period 
for their receipt is February 13, 1998. Rebuttal comments in response 
to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted 
during the subsequent 15-day period to March 2, 1998.
    A copy of the application and accompanying exhibits will be 
available during this time for public inspection at the following 
locations:

Office of the Municipal Clerk, Township of Lakewood Municipal Building, 
2nd Floor--Room 8, 231 Third Street, Lakewood, NJ 08701
Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 
3716, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., 
Washington, DC 20230

    Dated: December 9, 1997.
John J. Da Ponte, Jr.,
Executive Secretary.
[FR Doc. 97-32691 Filed 12-12-97; 8:45 am]
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