From left: Phil Burton, Greg Rogerson, Christopher Awe, Rosalin Petrucci, East Orange Mayor Ted R. Green, Wilbert Gil, Patrick Terborg, Jim Petrucci and WG Harris were among those on hand Oct. 5 for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Station at East Orange, a 172-unit luxury apartment property in East Orange. — Courtesy: J.G. Petrucci Co. Inc.
By Joshua Burd
A development team has broken ground on more than 170 apartments in East Orange, adding to the city’s fast-growing construction pipeline of market-rate and affordable units.
The project, which involves J.G. Petrucci Co. Inc., TD+ Partners, the city and its housing authority, is set to redevelop a once-blighted site on North Walnut and Williams streets. In its place will be a collection of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, 3,477 square feet of retail space and an enclosed terrace courtyard as part of what’s known as the Station at East Orange.
Petrucci noted that 30 percent of the apartments will be reserved for lower-income renters.
“This new development is another example of our commitment to eliminate blight while building mixed-used housing that is accessible for a range of income levels,” Mayor Ted R. Green said.
“The Station at East Orange offers a great deal of hope for redevelopment, including new job opportunities and increased economic activity in our community. We are excited to continue the partnership we share with the East Orange Housing Authority, J.G. Petrucci Co. and TD+ Partners, and we are looking forward to furthering our mission to improve the quality of living for all of our residents in the City of East Orange.”
In a news release, the developers noted that the apartments will feature high-end design, appliances and finishes. Amenities at the 172-unit property will include a fitness center, a business center and an art gallery, while residents will be a short distance from retailers, health care providers and mass transit.
“This redevelopment, part of our ‘Building Homes, Changing Lives’ program, will greatly enhance the quality of life for the property’s residents and provide services that are too often overlooked,” said Wilbert Gill, executive director of the East Orange Housing Authority. “As we continue to create new solutions to maintain affordability for all our residents, partnerships with companies like TD+ Partners and J.G. Petrucci Co. Inc. are more important than ever.”
Patrick Terborg, managing member of TD+ Partners, was equally complimentary of city leaders for “forming a true partnership to make this development project a reality.”
“The provision of mixed-income housing is essential towards making housing more affordable to more residents of East Orange and across the state of New Jersey,” Terborg said. “We value our strong partnership with the East Orange Housing Authority. Without the tireless support of Director Gill and his team, this project would not be possible.”