Gov. Chris Christie discusses revitalizing and redeveloping the city of Trenton, speaking at a press conference Wednesday at the Roebling Lofts redevelopment project in the city. – Courtesy: Governor’s Office/Tim Larsen
By Real Estate NJ
Three buildings that house state agencies in Trenton will be torn down to make way for two new structures, with the goals of streamlining the government’s footprint in the city and clearing a path toward private development.
Gov. Chris Christie unveiled those plans at a news conference in the city on Wednesday, acting on recommendations offered last year by the state Economic Development Authority. The plan calls for relocating the departments of health and agriculture, along with the Division of Taxation, and ultimately reducing their total square footage by more than 27 percent.
The taxation office will be housed in a new, seven-story, 175,000-square-foot building on the northwest corner of John Fitch Way and South Warren Street, while a new, five-story, 135,000-square-foot building on the southwest corner of North Willow and West Hanover streets will be home to the agriculture and health departments.
“This partnership with the private sector will reinvigorate one of the most heavily trafficked areas of Trenton into a dynamic downtown environment that benefits residents, workers and investors,” Christie said. “This initiative will create more private-sector jobs and a stronger Capital City to attract new residents and visitors. With my administration having rightsized the state-employee workforce, we can now ease the State office building footprint to help expedite Trenton’s revitalization, anchored by the new Thomas Edison School of Nursing and other nearby redevelopment.”
For more, see Wednesday’s story by NJBIZ.
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