Thursday, March 24, 2016

Essex County Developments Receive Smart Growth Awards

Newark, New Jersey: Three Essex County redevelopment projects have won awards from a statewide organization.

New Jersey Future, which is based in Trenton, announced this week that the redevelopment of the Hahne and Co. Building in Downtown Newark, the renovation of the F. Berg Hat Factory Complex in Orange's Valley Arts District, and the development of the Avalon Bloomfield Station in Bloomfield Center are among the seven winners of the 2016 Smart Growth Awards. 

The awards are an "annual contest to honor the best in quality planning and development in the state", according to the organization. An awards ceremony will be held at the Panasonic North America headquarters in Newark in June.

Construction began on the Hahne's project in 2014. The building, once used as a department store, had sat abandoned along Broad Street near Military Park for decades. When completed, it will contain a Whole Foods Market location, the headquarters of City National Bank, housing, art galleries, and Rutgers-Newark facilities.

The former Berg factory, which is located near the Highland Avenue NJ Transit Station, is being converted into the Hat City Lofts condominium complex, which will also contain commercial and art spaces. The Avalon Bloomfield Station complex is located within the Glenwood Village development opposite the Bloomfield Train Station. Completed in 2015, it includes housing, a supermarket, stores and a parking garage.

Top Photo: Inside the Hahne's project in Downtown Newark
Below: The Berg Hat Factory in Orange
Bottom: Avalon in Bloomfield


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