McInnis Cement plants a maple tree with officials and members of community organizations to celebrate the opening of the Bronx cement terminal, which includes a quarter-mile public portion of the South Bronx Greenway. From left to right: Ramon Cabral, Deputy District Director; Nick Madio, Bronx Community Board 2; Maria Torres, President & COO, The Point; Laurent Beaudoin, Chairman, McInnis Cement; Jean Moreau, President and CEO, McInnis Cement; Rafael Salamanca, Councilman & Chair of the Land Use Committee; Ralph Acevedo, District Manager, Bronx Community Board 2; and Dondi McKellar, Veterans Committee, Bronx Community Board 2.
McInnis Cement McInnis Cement plants a maple tree with officials and members of community organizations to celebrate the opening of the Bronx cement terminal, which includes a quarter-mile public portion of the South Bronx Greenway. From left to right: Ramon Cabral, Deputy District Director; Nick Madio, Bronx Community Board 2; Maria Torres, President & COO, The Point; Laurent Beaudoin, Chairman, McInnis Cement; Jean Moreau, President and CEO, McInnis Cement; Rafael Salamanca, Councilman & Chair of the Land Use Committee; Ralph Acevedo, District Manager, Bronx Community Board 2; and Dondi McKellar, Veterans Committee, Bronx Community Board 2.

Buildings materials supplier, McInnis Cement has opened a new cement terminal in the South Bronx, New York, the first new industrial maritime project in the area in more than 50 years. The warehouse on site can store up to 44,000 metric tons of cement, which is the equivalent of 1,500 truckloads. Since 90% of the plant’s cement will be delivered via ships, traffic is projected to decrease significantly across bridges and roads, including the Cross-Bronx, Major Deegan, Sheridan and Bruckner expressways. This is expected to eliminate 25,000 one-way truck trips and remove more than two million truck miles off the roads across the region annually.

“Our Bronx terminal is more than just a new facility. In addition to building a new cement company, our Hunts Point location is reactivating a working waterfront while balancing the needs of the community, environmental habitat and industry,” says Jean Moreau, President and Chief Executive Officer of McInnis Cement. “Our goal was to set a new standard for development in the New York City harbor, placing a major industrial operation in harmony with a natural wildlife habitat and providing waterfront access for the citizens of the South Bronx.”

An integral part of the South Bronx Greenway is the three-acres of wetlands which allows the public to enjoy nature, while preserving the water habitat for plants, birds, and fish. To create this habitat, McInnis restored the shoreline, which included removing a century old decayed pier system and installing a wave attenuator to preserve the wetlands and protect the waterfront.

This Hunts Point location has a long history with many uses over the years. The site eventually went dormant, fell into disrepair and was used as an illegal city dump for a number of years before McInnis, along with Oak Point Property LLC, continued the extensive remediation efforts to transform the multi-acre property into an exemplary industrial site. The site is one of the largest privately-owned public spaces (POPs) in New York.

Additionally, McInnis Cement is the first project to become certified through the Waterfront Alliance’s new, nationally applicable Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines (WEDG). WEDG Certification is the gold standard for resilient, ecologically-sound, and accessible waterfront design. WEDG is an important tool to cut through the myriad challenges—complex ecosystems, overlapping regulatory jurisdictions, multiple stakeholders, sea level rise and coastal storms – providing clear guidance for excellent waterfront design. Used by design professionals and planners, government agencies, and community advocates alike, the free program offers a common language that allows all users to work together toward the highest standards.

In addition to providing environmental benefits, the site is providing new living wage jobs and is generating tax revenue for the state and local governments. The terminal has already created employment opportunities for the Bronx, with several residents – all of whom are veterans – currently working on site. Additionally, the location offers convenient access to a large number of concrete producers, who are located in one of the most densely populated areas of the U.S., and one that features both a vibrant workforce and significant construction activity.

“With the access to efficient waterways, our ships allow us to be environmentally friendly while making deliveries efficiently. This is also an industrially-zoned waterfront site that happens to be in area with a quality workforce as well as in the heart of the largest construction customer base,” says Tony Sneska, Vice President, Marketing & Sales for McInnis Cement “While the terminal’s impact on local cement supply, employment, traffic and revitalization might be considered more than enough to justify the ambitious project, its impact on the local environment may prove to be its greatest reward.”