You wouldn’t know it by the last four months, but major news stories are always prone to ebbs and flows. The federal Opportunity Zone program is a case in point when it comes to commercial real estate publications. The investment vehicle has been all the rage at various points since it was created in late 2017, only to take a step back as buzz died down.
Hugo Neu Corp. has unveiled a collection of about 200 private offices at its Kearny Point campus, providing an option for tenants seeking an alternative to the crowded, collaborative spaces that run counter to social distancing guidelines.
The main access road into the sprawling, distinctive Kearny Point development is slated to become significantly greener and more welcoming to pedestrians and cyclists, thanks to a new $3 million federal grant that was awarded to its host municipality.
Amenities, collaboration space and access to transportation will all remain important in the office sector, experts say, but those features must be increasingly focused on wellness, sustainability and energy savings. That’s not to mention diversity and the ability for employees to choose how they work.
Hugo Neu Corp. is redeveloping the former Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. in Kearny as a hub of flexible office space for startups, creative businesses and others seeking a modern workplace. It aims to do so while taking advantage of the historic, architecturally distinct buildings on the 130-acre site, some of which offer the type of soaring ceilings and open-air feel that appeals to edgier tenants.