MetLife to Reposition 197-Acre New Jersey Office Campus into Bedminster Technology Center

by Kristin Harlow

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — MetLife Investment Management has unveiled plans to reposition its 197-acre office campus in Bedminster, about 45 miles west of New York City, into a life sciences development named Bedminster Technology Center. MetLife has retained JLL to lead the repositioning of the property.

Formerly home of AT&T and long known as One AT&T Way, the property consists of four interconnected buildings totaling 939,795 square feet. The campus includes a global network operations center, heliport and 15 acres of covered and surface parking. AT&T built the campus for its own use in 1975. MetLife acquired the property, which is now fully vacant, in 2006.

The Township of Bedminster has rezoned the property to accommodate up to 2 million square feet of total development targeted toward biotech research and development and advanced manufacturing uses. Additionally, about 300,000 square feet is available for a conference center, hotel and amenities that could include a fitness center, restaurants and/or retail.

Dan Loughlin is leading a JLL team that will market the property for single or multi-tenant lease, sale or site redevelopment with acreage for sale. According to JLL, Bedminster Technology Center presents an opportunity to create the first life sciences development in the city and become part of New Jersey’s established cluster of companies that have put the state at the forefront of medical innovation.

Demand for specialty manufacturing facilities and lab space in the region remains strong, according to the brokerage firm. In its fourth-quarter 2023 life sciences report, JLL noted that more than 20 percent of leases signed in New Jersey during the quarter involved pharmaceutical and/or life sciences companies.

A timeline for the development of Bedminster Technology Center was not provided.

— Kristin Harlow

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