Amid the rollout of the new federal Opportunity Zone program, developers and public officials are trying to balance two key objectives: Identifying shovel-ready projects — allowing investors to maximize the tax benefits of the law — and steering capital to low-income areas that weren’t already attracting investment and may have higher barriers to entry. The state believes it can check both boxes with the right coordination and by layering in the subsidies that have helped revitalize many of New Jersey’s cities and downtowns.
For a project that will bring more than 400 new apartments and townhomes to Gloucester County’s largest town, a joint venture is banking on the demand for health care services as a key driver of the property and a potential model for other mixed-use projects in the state.
A new facility with 53,000 square feet of recreational, therapeutic and educational space will soon open in Livingston, providing a second chance for a long-vacant building and a new home for a nonprofit that serves youths with special needs.
With a limited supply and an increasingly savvy approach to logistics, tenants are pushing the historical boundaries of the New Jersey industrial market and expanding not only westward, but to the southernmost parts of the state and to the east to New York City. As occupiers explore these new frontiers, developers and brokers in New Jersey are following suit with a more regional approach to the warehouse and distribution sector.
Dermody Properties’ 1,100-acre logistics park in Logan Township has attracted a long list of well-known users over more than decade. And the firm is now set to enter its last phase of development — breaking ground on two buildings that will add another 563,000 square feet to the portfolio.
Yorktel, a provider of video and audio communications services, has become a guiding hand for companies that are transitioning to so-called next-generation workplaces. That has meant advising clients on everything from choosing the right videoconferencing equipment to picking the optimal conference rooms, huddle rooms and other collaboration spaces.
The new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will open June 28, with a model that aims to set a new standard in Atlantic City. For one thing, the resort will have an added emphasis on entertainment, leveraging Hard Rock’s own vast network of performers to help program the venue and bolster other nongaming revenue streams such as meeting business and hotel stays. But its owners have sought to be different from past generations of New Jersey casinos in another way, focusing on community outreach that they say will continue well past the grand opening.
Bridge Development Partners is planning a three-building, 1.7 million-square-foot industrial complex in Somerset County after acquiring parcels from two separate sellers, part of an effort to refill its pipeline in New Jersey after a blockbuster portfolio sale last year.