56 Ridgewood Road in the Township of Washington — Courtesy: NIA National Realty
By Joshua Burd
A congregation has sold its 22,000-square-foot home in Bergen County, as it integrates with another faith-based organization at a new location in a neighboring town.
Brokerage firm NIA National Realty announced this week that it represented Temple Beth Or in its sale of 56 Ridgewood Road in the Township of Washington. The buyer, St. Peter’s Mar Thoma Church, is relocating to the property from Teaneck.
Terms were not disclosed. St. Peter’s Mar Thoma Church also acquired an adjacent residential property at 44 Ridgewood Road, which will serve as the parsonage for the church priest and family.
“The 22,000-square foot, two-story building with an attractive sanctuary, offices, event spaces, library, several classrooms, full kitchen and off-street parking lot was an excellent match for the growing needs of St. Peter’s Mar Thoma Church,” said Nina Bianco, a vice president with NIA National Realty, who brokered the transactions.
Temple Beth Or sold the building after its synagogue board last year endorsed a move to sell its building and merge with Closter-based Temple Beth El. Bianco also completed the sale of 660 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, which will serve as the new home of the two merged congregations, from Oradell Office Holdings LLC.
The new congregation, known as Kol Dorot, is renovating the building to house a sanctuary, offices, a preschool, religious education classrooms and various other activity and meeting rooms and expects to open the space in fall 2020. The site previously operated as a multitenant, mixed-use building primarily with office and recreational instruction tenants.