Franklin Township has more than 4 million square feet of industrial space in its development pipeline — most of it in the town’s well-known Somerset section — with a growing list of projects that call for razing and repurposing the sites of outdated office buildings.
With the addition of 500 new apartments in recent years and hundreds more in the pipeline, local officials in Bound Brook are forging ahead with efforts to revitalize their downtown.
Fortunately for New Jersey, international migration of the foreign-born is countering the outflow of our domestic population. This trend, however, should not be taken for granted, as immigrants are now heading to other gateways. It is crucial for our economic competitiveness that New Jersey maintain its historic attractiveness for these international arrivals.
Real estate services firm Avison Young is planning a major expansion of its project management platform in New Jersey and nationally after acquiring Studio Eagle, a Springfield-based design and workplace planning firm.
To say that this month’s cover story is near and dear to me is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but it’s also true. After all, I did spend five years working on the vast stretch of sprawling, landscaped office parks that is Davidson Avenue in the Somerset section of Franklin Township, which plays a prominent role in our February issue. As many of you know, the area is part of a 500-acre corporate business district along Interstate 287 that, in recent years, has grappled with millions of square feet of outdated and mostly vacant office space. Township officials are now meeting that challenge head-on, thanks in large part to a zoning change in late 2020 that paved the way for developers to repurpose those sites as industrial space.
Russo Development and Onyx Equities are banking on the need for local distribution space — and the rise of secondary industrial markets in New Jersey — after recently acquiring a coveted development site in East Hanover.
Industrial rents in New Jersey and other top markets are rising at unprecedented rates, leaving investors hungrier than ever for properties across the asset class.
Scotch Plains is seeking a developer after recently adopting a long-awaited redevelopment plan for its downtown, aiming to create a vibrant hub with a mix of retail, restaurants, housing, a consolidated library and town hall, public plazas and parking.
Signature Acquisitions has kicked off a sweeping redesign and modernization of a 175,000-square-foot office building in Parsippany, seeking to overhaul the property ahead of the planned departure of Deloitte LLP.
What is ESG — or environmental, social and governance? It is basically a framework to assess how a commercial real estate portfolio manages risks and opportunities resulting from shifting conditions, market and otherwise, to environmental, social and economic systems. Environmental criteria address a company’s impact on and stewardship of the environment. Social criteria refer to how a company manages relationships with and creates value for stakeholders, such as customers, employees, suppliers, communities and shareholders. Governance criteria refer to a company’s leadership and management philosophy, practices, policies, internal controls and shareholder rights, including diversity, equity and inclusion and transparency of procedures and decision-making.