Russo Development CEO Ed Russo spoke during an Oct. 18 ceremony to mark the newly completed first phase of Vermella at Garwood Station, which has brought 296 luxury apartments to a redevelopment site at 450 South St. in Garwood. — Courtesy: Russo
By Joshua Burd
Russo Development is marking the completion of nearly 300 new luxury apartments in Garwood, the first phase of a project that was more than 10 years in the making.
The firm recently unveiled the complex, Vermella at Garwood Station, during a ceremony that drew dozens of local officials, project partners and other stakeholders to the property at 450 South St. On display was more than 40,000 square feet of high-end amenity space that’s available to residents, as construction continues at a second phase across the street.
Those on hand for the Oct. 18 ceremony included Russo Development CEO Ed Russo, Garwood Mayor Sara Todisco, former Mayor Charles Lombardo and Christopher Minks, Russo’s executive vice president and general counsel, among others.
Designed by Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners, Vermella at Garwood Station also includes 19,500 square feet of street-level retail that will house a café, restaurant and other conveniences. The site is adjacent to a stop on NJ Transit’s Raritan Valley line, adding to its appeal for renters since the launch of leasing last fall.
Russo says the complex has drawn interest from several areas, from empty-nesters scaling down from large single-family homes in neighboring Cranford and Westfield to young professionals migrating from Jersey City and Hoboken.