News release

$93M in financing secured from Bank OZK for Matrix Logistics Park – Mount Olive in New Jersey

JLL Capital Markets represented Matrix Development Group in arranging financing for the under-construction, two-building industrial park

May 21, 2024

Alli Semans

Hotels & Hospitality and Capital Markets PR
+1 330 329 6750

MORRISTOWN, NJ, May 21, 2024 –  JLL Capital Markets announced today that it arranged $93 million in financing for Matrix Logistics Park – Mount Olive, a two-property, under-construction, Class-A warehouse and distribution industrial park totalling 781,748 square feet in Mount Olive, Morris Co, New Jersey.

JLL worked on behalf of the borrower, a Matrix Development Group led venture, and secured the loan from Bank OZK.

The property at 2000 International Drive is situated on 13.629 acres and totals 196,748 square feet. Key building features include single-side loading capabilities, 36-foot clear height, 34 loading docks, two drive-in doors, 110 parking spaces and 43 trailer parking spaces.

The second property is located at 3000 Continental Drive, a site redeveloped from the former BASF United States headquarters. The building totals 585,000 square feet and includes 40-foot clear heights, cross-dock configuration, 107 loading doors, four drive-in doors, 306 parking spaces and 142 trailer spaces.

The portfolio is in Mount Olive, a suburban upper-middle-class community located 45 miles west of Manhattan in Morris County. Mount Olive is located in the western section of Morris County, along the Interstate 80, Route 206 and Route 46 corridors. Mount Olive’s central location in Northern New Jersey and access to Interstate 80 has made the town a heavily demanded location for families, commercial uses and industrial users for decades. The Project is within Mount Olive’s International Trade Zone, home to numerous research, development, and manufacturing companies. The International Trade Zone is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone, which allows companies to reduce costs associated with importing and re-exporting goods to foreign countries. Additionally, the Project is within walking distance of Mount Olive Train Station, providing New Jersey Transit Rail Service along the Morristown and Montclair-Boonton Lines.

The JLL Capital Markets team was led by Senior Managing Directors Thomas Didio and Jim Cadranell, Managing Director Thomas E. Didio, Jr., Vice President Michael Lachs and Analyst Olivia Doody.

“We continue to see very strong interest for to-be-built speculative industrial from a range of debt capital sources. Ultimately, Bank OZK stepped up to the plate to deliver an attractive solution for Matrix and their development partner. Thank you to the Matrix Team for entrusting JLL to help bring to life this Class-A industrial park,” stated Didio.

“Bank OZK is pleased to provide construction financing for this large-scale Class-A industrial development that will serve as a convenient, flexible and accessible distribution hub,” said Dave Sarner, Managing Director of Originations at Bank OZK.

JLL Capital Markets is a full-service global provider of capital solutions for real estate investors and occupiers. The firm's in-depth local market and global investor knowledge delivers the best-in-class solutions for clients — whether investment sales and advisory, debt advisory, equity advisory or a recapitalization. The firm has more than 3,000 Capital Markets specialists worldwide with offices in nearly 50 countries.

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About Matrix Development Group 

For more than 40 years, Matrix Development Group has consistently maintained its position as one of the Northeast’s most respected real estate investment and development firms. The company’s unyielding dedication to integrity, excellence, and innovation has earned Matrix the respect of its clients, municipal and regional government officials, and corporate leaders. 


About Bank OZK

Bank OZK (Nasdaq: OZK), through its Real Estate Specialties Group (RESG), provides financing on commercial real estate projects throughout the nation. RESG is considered a preeminent, market-leading construction lender focused on senior secured financing for a variety of property types including mixed use, multifamily housing, condominiums, office, hospitality, life sciences, industrial and retail. During the five years ended March 31, 2024, RESG originated approximately $41.8 billion in new loans. For more information, visit


About JLL

For over 200 years, JLL (NYSE: JLL), a leading global commercial real estate and investment management company, has helped clients buy, build, occupy, manage and invest in a variety of commercial, industrial, hotel, residential and retail properties. A Fortune 500® company with annual revenue of $20.8 billion and operations in over 80 countries around the world, our more than 108,000 employees bring the power of a global platform combined with local expertise. Driven by our purpose to shape the future of real estate for a better world, we help our clients, people and communities SEE A BRIGHTER WAYSM. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit