A coalition of commercial real estate industry leaders has unveiled a new set of proposals for Gov.-elect Phil Murphy and state lawmakers, seeking to refine policies that have spurred economic development in recent years and address some of New Jersey’s most glaring needs.
Rather than try to replace the Municipal Land Use Law or strip local governments of the ability to control zoning in their town, the Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition has outlined what it says are reasonable, practical changes to help streamline development, create more certainty and encourage new business growth in the state. Those changes include steps such as standardizing non-residential site improvement requirements, creating more consistency across the entitlement process and softening the approval process for projects that will help create affordable housing.
The Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition has crafted a set of recommendations to prioritize transit-oriented development projects they say would benefit both private-sector developers and the cash-strapped NJ Transit.
A nearly 10-year-old law that placed environmental cleanups in the hands of private-sector experts has been hailed as a triumph and a sea change for the state’s development community. But the Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition says there is still much room for improvement.
The Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition has developed a plan for what it describes as “making land” in the heart of northern New Jersey. That means everything from repurposing government-owned facilities in prime locations to having the state take a lead role in acquiring, assembling and cleaning up individual parcels in order to create large development sites near the port.
Residential developer Walters Group has started construction on a new 64-unit, income-restricted apartment complex at the site of a former pipe factory in Burlington County.
Atlantic Environmental Solutions Inc. has bolstered its team with the addition of four new hires.
Investors have paid $8.6 million to acquire a nearly 50,000-square-foot office building in Monmouth County, according to executives with CBRE and Weiss Realty Inc.
NAIOP’s premier industry event this fall was CRE.Converge 2017 in Chicago, which attracted nearly 1,500 attendees from across North America. Held Oct. 10 to 12, the conference provided valuable insights into cutting-edge trends in the commercial real estate industry and projections for the future.
The year of construction for buildings has significant impact on reported vacancy rate. Buildings completed since 2010 maintained the lowest vacancy rates, as office occupiers prefer new product. Demand for new construction will drive the demolition/rehabilitation of older, vacant office buildings, especially in strategically located markets lacking sites for new construction.