A rendering of The Lofts at Wesmont Station — Rendering by Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners/Courtesy: Scarinci Hollenbeck
By Joshua Burd
A development team has secured a key approval for the final piece of a long-running plan to transform a piece of the former Curtiss-Wright aircraft plant in Wood-Ridge.
Representing the developer, Somerset Development, law firm Scarinci Hollenbeck announced that it obtained preliminary and final site plan approval for the last phase of the Wesmont Station project. The final component includes a 295-unit apartment building known as The Lofts at Wesmont Station, which will also feature 2,800 square feet of retail and commercial space, structured parking and amenities.
Scarinci Hollenbeck Partner Patrick J. McNamara led the firm’s effort to secure the approval, hailing it as a milestone for the 67-acre development. Spanning 18 years, the project to date has produced more than 1,500 townhomes and apartments, including more than 150 affordable rental units, as well as the development of retail and commercial uses to support the redevelopment area.
Somerset Development has partnered with builders such as AvalonBay Communities Inc., Pulte Homes and Ingerman as it has built out phases of Wesmont Station.
Designed by Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners, The Lofts at Wesmont Station still requires additional permits and approvals before construction can get underway. The final phase will also include a recreational complex to serve the redevelopment area and the greater Wood-Ridge community, adding to a project that has also yielded a new train station along NJ Transit’s Bergen County line.