Fidelco Realty Group is revitalizing a well-known office tower in downtown Newark at a cost of more than $30 million, with plans that include a sweeping physical upgrade, the addition of a new bar and restaurant and the creation of flexible workspace to serve technology startups. — All renderings courtesy: Fidelco/Perkins Eastman
The Connell Co. has unveiled a new flexible workspace and social club at The Park, its flagship 185-acre business campus in Berkeley Heights, where members have access to everything from fine dining and evening bar service to personal trainers and fitness classes.
In a time when industrial builders can’t deliver new space fast enough, those with in-house design and construction teams are finding ways to speed up the development process. The Rockefeller Group has honed that strategy in recent years with a series of key hires in the region. In the process, executives say the moves have also provided a leg up in the increasingly competitive and increasingly complex search for new sites.
Seeking to reduce the carbon footprint of the construction process, Sudler Cos. has employed the use of carbon-injected concrete to build a new industrial park outside New Jersey. The technology wins praise from others in the industry and, while such materials may not be yet available in the developer’s home state, could be a sign of things to come for builders.
For developers from out of state, building in New Jersey can be a challenge. Yet there are builders that make it work — generally when there’s buy-in from government officials — and New Jersey remains a draw for many of them.
Perhaps as much as anyone else in commercial real estate, brokers have been eager to return to the pre-pandemic days of in-person gatherings and face-to-face networking. Local leaders with the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors are well aware as they plan the chapter’s own transition back to business as usual, following a year of virtual events and finding creative ways to keep their members engaged.
Based in Morris County, Dartcor offers high-end cafeteria menus, grab-and-go markets, pantries and coffee options for office buildings in the region. And, with a return to work on the horizon for many businesses, its services could be as important as ever.
Developers say the future of retail is now on display in Roxbury, where Advance Realty Investors has transformed an aging, enclosed mall into a 450,000-square-foot, open-air destination with centralized parking and a new Walmart Supercenter as its anchor.
JLL’s New Jersey-based capital markets team includes a rare father-son combination among commercial real estate brokers, part of an office that remains a leader in the state and has only expanded its reach over the past year.