A rendering of SOMA at 110 South Bridge Ave. in Somerville — Courtesy: Sterling Properties
By Joshua Burd
A developer is nearing completion of a new upscale rental building in downtown Somerville, the latest among several projects that are slated for the Somerset County borough.
The builder, Sterling Properties, said its new 69-unit property at 110 South Bridge Ave. is on pace to make its debut by December. Known as SOMA, the four-story complex will feature layouts ranging from studios to two-bedroom units, offering renters a dwelling a block from an NJ Transit station with service to Newark and New York City.
Sterling expects to price the units from $1,550 to $2,700, with homes ranging from 585 to 1,290 square feet.
“It’s no secret today’s renting public increasingly wants to live in an electric, urban-style environment with retail and transportation at their fingertips,” Nick Hollenbeck, Sterling’s director of sales and marketing, said in a prepared statement. “That’s exactly what they’ll find a SOMA which will serve as a beautiful addition to one of New Jersey’s most popular downtown districts.”
The developer said the community will feed off of the nearby Division Street Plaza and the shops, services, dining and entertainment on Main Street. The firm and its architect, Comito Associates, have also designed SOMA to meet silver standards under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design scale.
One element of that design is a resident bike share program, Hollenbeck said.
“The idea is that rather than getting in a car and driving, the bikes will allow our residents to pedal into town, save on emissions and also shop locally,” he said.
Apartments will feature high-end finishes and appliances, including in-unit washers and dryers, according to a news release. Residents will also have access to a fitness studio and tech lounge.
Interior design firm Mary Cook and Associates designed the project’s unit interiors and common space.