A rendering of the office space at Ironside Newark — Courtesy: Edison Properties
By Joshua Burd
Edison Properties has attracted another law firm to its adaptive reuse project known as Ironside Newark, inking a 4,000-square-foot lease with a boutique litigation practice.
The developer and owner announced Thursday that Robinson Miller, which is already based in Newark, has become the latest tenant to commit to the property. The firm will move its headquarters to the third floor of the building, which sits at McCarter Highway and Edison Place, when it opens in mid-2019.
The transaction comes two months after Edison announced a 7,296-square-foot lease with Pearlman & Miranda, a law firm that will relocate from Bloomfield. The developer has now leased 73 percent of Ironside Newark’s loft-style office space, which makes up the bulk of the building’s 456,000 square feet.
“We’re excited to welcome Robinson Miller to Ironside Newark, and believe its addition to the building is a testament to the evolution of today’s office market,” said Michael Sommer, Edison Properties’ executive vice president of development. “In today’s market, all prospective tenants are seeking a unique, dynamic environment for their workers.
“This agreement not only adds to Ironside’s already impressive list of tenants, but serves as further proof that loft-style modern product is appealing to not only tech and creative-oriented tenants, but global corporations, law firms and a wide range of other industries.”
Mars Wrigley will serve as Ironside’s anchor office tenant and will be joined by Edison Properties, which will move its headquarters to the building. The real estate firm began redeveloping the 110-year-old former warehouse last year, marking the city’s first speculative office project in more than 30 years and clearing the way for multiple floors of modern loft-style and penthouse offices.
With roots in Newark dating back almost 50 years, Robinson Miller’s expertise spans a wide range of practice areas, including business and commercial litigation, communications and media law, management representation and federal court representation.
“Ironside Newark offered us the perfect opportunity to re-commit to the great city of Newark, which has been our home for almost five decades,” said Don Robinson, the firm’s founding partner. “Its location in the heart of downtown Newark, high-speed internet connectivity and modern office amenities will allow us to continue to thrive as we celebrate the firm’s 50th anniversary next year, and well into the future.”
Designed by Perkins Eastman, Ironside Newark benefits from its location adjacent to Newark Penn Station and an 18-minute train ride into Manhattan. The project also calls for retail and restaurant space that will front on both Edison Place and Mulberry Commons Park, providing a direct link between Ironside Newark and Newark Penn Station, the Prudential Center the Ironbound neighborhood.