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May. 24, 2013

South Orange Mixed-Use Property Under Way

By Dees Stribling, Contributing Editor

South Orange, N.J.—Ground has been broken for The Gateway, a mixed-use property in South Orange, N.J. The development will include 57 one- and two-bedroom apartment units, as well as about 9,100 square feet of high-end retail space.

The Gateway is a development of EEA Industries LLC and SWH Residential Partners LLC. Two years ago, EEA bought the site, which was once the location of a car dealership, though it’s been vacant many years. River Drive Construction is the general contractor for the project, which was designed by architectural firm Jarmel Kizel.

The property is next to the train station in South Orange’s downtown (Village Center), which includes restaurants and other businesses, as well as the Village Hall and the South Orange Performing Arts Centers. The train accesses Manhattan in about 30 minutes via the Midtown Direct line.

According to South Orange Village President Alex Torpey, the town was one of the New Jersey’s original transit villages connecting to Newark and New York City, and the new development continues in that vein. But it’s also an important component of the village’s Downtown Vision Plan, he notes.

Toward the end of the 2000s, South Orange worked with the Cecil Group, a Boston-based planning and design firm, to lay a foundation for how the village’s three business districts should evolve over the next two decades. The plan is modeled after New Jersey’s “Smart Growth” principles, which support mixed-use development, walkable town centers, mass transit accessibility, sustainable development and preserved green space.

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