The Crossings at Brick Church Station Breaks Ground

02 December, 2022

Construction is now underway at The Crossings at Brick Church Station, a $500 million redevelopment that will bring a vibrant, mixed-use, and transit-oriented project to the East Orange, NJ community.

A public-private partnership (PPP) with the City of East Orange, the development will provide much-needed affordable housing with 820 mixed-income units; 200,000 SF of retail, restaurants, and commercial space; a pedestrian promenade and public plaza, and a 1,200-space parking garage.

“We appreciate the tremendous support that we received … illustrating what it takes to make these challenging projects become a reality,” says Lester Petracca, president of developer Triangle Equities. “We are looking forward to building a project that we believe will be a catalyst for the redevelopment of this area and provide amenities to a deserving community.”

Bohler’s New Jersey team is providing site civil engineering, permitting, and landscape architecture services for the redevelopment. Working closely with Triangle Equities and Incline Capital, Bohler helped write the redevelopment plan for the entire city block and presented it to city and state agencies including the City of Orange, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and New Jersey Transit. The team’s design preserves the historic Brick Church train station while creating a more efficient city center. Bohler’s landscape architecture team designed the central promenade, plaza, and streetscape to encourage pedestrian walkability and reduce overall vehicle traffic congestion.

To bring the massive project to life, the development team worked closely with the New Jersey state governor and city mayor to leverage several Opportunity Zone incentives like new markets tax credits, low-income housing tax credits, redevelopment area bond, and other financing tools.

“The Crossings will bring the cityness back to East Orange, raise our property values, spur additional investment, and essentially improve the city’s overall fiscal and social health,” Mayor Ted R. Green noted. [“Cityness” is an urban design term that describes how cities remake their downtowns into hubs for economic and social activity.]

Read more about the transformative project here.

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