January 30, 2015 Leave a comment
Hank Kalet | Newsworks
New Jersey commuters wanting easy access to the Northeast rail corridor could have a whole new neighborhood to consider.
On the grounds of the former Johnson and Johnson plant in North Brunswick construction is underway on a major transit village that, if all goes well, will have its own train station on the Northeast corridor.
The project is called Main Street North Brunswick, which is on Route 1 between Princeton and New Brunswick. When finished it will boast 1,875 housing units, a hotel and spaces for offices and retail stores. All this will be anchored by the new NJ Transit station.
But the billboards celebrating Main Street North Brunswick may seem curious to some, given that they share space with recently opened Costco and Target stores – big-box stores not normally associated with successful downtown areas – and because North Brunswick lacks a traditional downtown. The township, like many in central New Jersey, is dotted with housing subdivisions and shopping centers, along with a large industrial zone.
The project is being developed by Garden Homes Development (operating as North Brunswick TOD Associates), which purchased the J&J property in 2006 and, after a series of contentious public meetings, won approval of a zoning change and a general development plan in 2012. The plan has a 25-year build out, phased to infrastructure improvements and the construction of the train station. Read more