A rendering of Ewing Town Centre along Parkway Avenue in Ewing — Courtesy: Atlantic Realty Development Corp.
By Joshua Burd
Atlantic Realty Development Corp. has broken ground on a project that will bring nearly 1,200 apartments and 120,000 square feet of commercial space to the former site of a General Motors plant in Ewing.
The developer recently marked the start of construction at the 80-acre site, which sits on Parkway Avenue in the town’s West Trenton section, paving the way for what will be known as Ewing Town Centre. Atlantic Realty said the project will proceed in five phases, starting with 164 apartments and a community green space.
In the process, it will revitalize the long-vacant site that housed GM’s Inland Fisher Guide Plant. The company used the facility to manufacture auto parts from 1938 to 1998, before it was converted by the U.S. Navy to build torpedo bombers during World War II.
In its place will be 1,182 apartments, 109,102 square feet of retail space and 12,600 square feet of office space, the developer said in a news release. Plans also call for a 10,017-square-foot amenities space.
“We are very proud to see Ewing Town Centre come to fruition,” said Rob Gelbard, a partner with Atlantic Realty. “This project has been in development for some time, and our groundbreaking is the culmination of countless hours of hard work and collaboration between public and private entities.
“ETC will transform Ewing Township. It is the first development of its kind in Ewing and it will undoubtedly become a regional hub of prosperity for the community.”
The project’s design team includes Minno & Wasko Architect and Planners and Maser Consulting.
Atlantic Realty joined state, county and local dignitaries last month to celebrate the groundbreaking. Approved by the Ewing planning board in 2016, the project will look to create a vibrant, modern town center with easy access to highways, the West Trenton train station and the Trenton-Mercer Airport, which is also being revitalized.
All commercial space will be built at the front of the site to create a main street along Parkway Avenue.