From left: Kurt Vierheilig, director of design and partner with DMR Architects; Zachary Barker, leasing manager with Alliance Residential Co.; Charles Avery, partner with SAMTD Acquisitions Woodbridge Urban Renewal LLC; Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac; Caroline Ehrlich, executive director with the Woodbridge Redevelopment Agency; Marta Lefsky, director of planning and development for Woodbridge; Councilwoman Nancy Drumm; and Dennis Kaplan, project manager with SAMTD Acquisitions Woodbridge Urban Renewal LLC, were on hand to open the first phase of The Grande at Metropark in Woodbridge. — Courtesy: DMR Architects
By Joshua Burd
DMR Architects is celebrating the first phase of a new 355-unit, four-building luxury rental property in the Iselin section of Woodbridge.
The design firm, which worked on behalf of developer SAMTD Acquisitions Woodbridge Urban Renewal LLC, said Monday that the first residents have moved into the complex known as The Grande at Metropark. DMR designed the two-phase project at 3 Ronson Road starting in 2016.
When completed, its 355 units will bring the Hasbrouck Heights-based firm’s residential portfolio to 3,000 rental and condo units in more than 20 communities in New Jersey.
“Woodbridge’s position at the nexus of great shopping, major automotive arteries and public transportation makes it a very appealing place to live, with the number of people wanting to live there outpacing the residential housing options,” said Kurt Vierheilig, partner and director of design for of DMR Architects. “The Grande at Metro expands the number of homes to choose from while offering a modern luxury rental option that was not previously available in this market.”
All photos courtesy: DMR Architects/SAMTD Acquisitions Woodbridge Urban Renewal LLC
The Grande at Metropark will include four buildings with a mix of one- and two-bedroom flats and two-story loft-style units with mezzanines, DMR said in a news release. Plans also include 12,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
The firm touted a design that includes a club room and movie theater for all buildings to use, plus family dining rooms with warming kitchenettes for party rentals and fitness centers in each building. Outdoor spaces throughout the property include a pool, gazebos and outdoor seating areas, as well as a roof top terrace with landscaping, barbeque grills and fire pits.
Each building also has a dog run and dog washing stations, DMR said.
The practice also highlighted its other recent multifamily projects, including the newly debuted, 125-unit Annin Lofts project in Verona, along with a 60-unit project at 30 Court St. in Morristown that is scheduled to open by the end 2019.