As it marks its 25th anniversary, G.S. Wilcox & Co. is celebrating not only record business, but the arrival of a new generation that is poised to lead the firm for decades to come.
As hiring and human resources decisions drive corporate real estate selection more than ever, New Jersey developers are responding by designing spaces and amenities that meet those needs, while expanding their focus on the labor markets around their project sites.
Users in New Jersey’s booming industrial sector have faced a severe lack of supply in recent years, leading to unprecedented rent growth and an unabated race to find development sites. New space is on the way — and plenty of it — with millions of square feet slated to come online in the next two years. Yet market experts say demand will continue to outpace supply, given the continued upside of e-commerce and a race by traditional retailers to update their supply chains.
Having built nearly 800 apartments in an emerging section in Jersey City, veteran developer Sandy Weiss and his firm now hope to replicate that approach — seeking to build on their experience of trying to build a new neighborhood from scratch. The company is the designated master redeveloper for about four city blocks just east of the New Jersey Turnpike extension, where it has proposed building more than 2,300 apartments for a mix of income levels.
A new stock of luxury, market-rate apartments is beginning to take shape in downtown Newark, where stakeholders hope to attract the type of rental population that can create a 24-hour, seven-day neighborhood that has long eluded the central business district.
Developers say they’re encouraged by the early returns, but are preparing for the market to be tested by larger-scale projects and an influx of additional units. City officials are also preparing for what could be a dramatic uptick in interest from builders — which they will have to balance with public policy goals such as expanding affordable housing for Newark residents.
Red Bank is now embracing redevelopment and smart growth concepts more than it has in recent memory, insiders say, as evidenced by the growing list of projects that are now under construction or in its pipeline. That embrace is a long time coming for developers that have seen all the community has to offer — from its popular downtown to the Navesink River waterfront, along with a rich cultural scene and an affluent population.
Four years after acquiring a defunct office complex in Parsippany, Stanbery Development Co. is on a clearer path toward fulfilling its plans for a high-end, downtown-style destination at the 17-acre site, which includes about five acres in neighboring Hanover. Known as The District at 1515, the project calls for 100,000 square feet of retail space, 441 residential units and a hotel.
The country’s largest cluster of co-working and flexible office space is only just across the Hudson River, but the fast-growing industry is still largely absent from New Jersey. Experts say that is due to change — and it’s only a matter of time.
With 2019 underway, competition among commercial real estate investors has only intensified in New Jersey, largely around properties that offer some level of safety in the later stages of the economic expansion.The Garden State is by no means alone in that regard, but brokers and other experts say they expect demand to stay robust in the near term, citing everything from Wall Street volatility to the continued arrival of buyers from other markets.
Bergman Real Estate Group has stayed true to its core objective of creating value in New Jersey’s office market — but the firm has also evolved in how it reaches that goal, in a state whose buildings are now showing their age.