In a state that is increasingly dependent on redevelopment in densely populated, infrastructure-rich towns and cities, lawmakers are mulling changes to a tax abatement statute that is often seen as critical to bringing those projects to life.
When exploring options for mixed-use development, it is important to understand the micro market in which you are planning to build. Whether urban or suburban, a close look at existing conditions and other development projects on the boards will identify small niche opportunities for right-sized retail, cultural and restaurant uses.
Most regular readers of this publication can tell that, when it comes to new construction, mixed-use and multifamily projects are the ones making most of the headlines. In fact, there are so many projects in New Jersey these days that we don’t often get to spend much time covering them in depth before we have to move on to the next groundbreaking or ribbon-cutting.
For a place that has been promised a comeback in recent years — only to see it never materialize — experts say Atlantic City is in uncharted yet promising territory that could help usher in a long-awaited recovery. Land prices are at their lowest in decades, local and regional developers with proven track records are investing in the city and the first credible nongaming project in years is under construction, with the potential to bring thousands of students and professionals to the Boardwalk as soon as next year.
Stockton University’s new Atlantic City campus is still more than a year from opening, but the school and its developer are already thinking about what comes next.
A reshaped casino industry and the promise of a nongaming economy are no doubt driving new activity in Atlantic City, but the resort is still grappling with a cash-strapped local government. If you ask some of its newest investors, the city is at least on the path toward a solution after a recent state takeover of the municipality.
Maintaining a healthy level of connectivity is critical. This is why we need to continuously invest in our infrastructure to keep things like our economy and lives moving. People, goods, cars, trucks, trains, data, energy, drinking water and sewerage need to get places in a timely way. Where and how we live, work and play are influenced by access to these places.
More than a decade after the debut of the landmark, mixed-use Pier Village complex, Long Branch has other developments under construction or in the pipeline along its oceanfront, including new luxury condominiums. And along Lower Broadway, a developer is in the midst of demolishing dozens of blighted properties, following the resolution of what had been a fierce legal battle over back taxes and entitlements. The demolition is now clearing the way for a mixed-use project that could begin to transform the downtown as soon as next year.
Mimi Feliciano recalls spending the early part of her college years in Miami — and how it wasn’t long before she fell in love with everything from the architecture to the lifestyle. It’s one reason why she and her firm, FEM Real Estate, have grand designs of bringing a taste of South Beach to her home state with its new project, South Beach at Long Branch.