A rendering of Vermella at Garwood Station, a planned 296-unit apartment community in Garwood — Courtesy: Russo Development
By Joshua Burd
Russo Development is nearing completion of a project that will bring close to 300 new apartments to a site that is just steps from NJ Transit’s Garwood train station.
The builder announced Tuesday that it was slated to kick off preleasing in early 2021 at what it calls Vermella at Garwood Station. Plans for the four-story building call for 296 luxury apartments with 40,000 square feet of amenity space, along with a 19,000-square-foot retail section and outdoor plaza for the community.
The complex, which will be Russo’s latest under the Vermella brand, is located at South Avenue and Center Street, directly adjacent to NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley rail line. Initial occupancy is scheduled for early spring.
“We are thrilled to be bringing Vermella to the Garwood market,” Russo Development CEO Ed Russo said. “This new lifestyle offering will illustrate the brand’s commitment to wellness, recreation, accessibility and excellence. Each community possesses its own unique character and charm, taking cues from its specific neighborhood setting, but all share our approach to inspired living. We’re looking forward to welcoming our first residents in Garwood early next year.”
Designed by Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners, Vermella at Garwood Station will include layouts ranging from studios to two-bedrooms, with some offering private balconies or terraces and private entrances, according to a news release. Amenities include a modern fitness center, clubroom and private co-working spaces, along with outdoor offerings such as a pool.
The property’s retail component is slated for restaurants, coffee shops and other convenient service tenants, the news release said. Russo also highlighted plans for an outdoor plaza that it hopes will be a central landmark and communal gathering place for the municipality, one that will feature multiple activations yearly.
Along with its immediate access to express NJ Transit trains, Vermella at Garwood Station is minutes from thoroughfares such as the Garden State Parkway and routes 27 and 22.