November 2005 - Volume 1, Number 2

New Jersey Transit-Oriented Development News

NJ TRANSIT chooses developer for “Highlands at Morristown Station” Project
Rosewood Lafayette Commons, LLC chosen for mixed-use development at Morristown station.

Hamilton Station redevelopment plan moves ahead
RFP sent out for 2000-space parking deck in Hamilton to free up land for potential development

Princeton Junction Station Area Vision Plan
NJ TRANSIT, the Office of Smart Growth and West Windsor collaborate on consensus-based TOD strategy for the Princeton Junction Station in West Windsor.

Somerset County TOD plan wins NJAPA award
Plan analyzes opportunities for transit-oriented development in Somerset County.

NJ TRANSIT chooses developer for “Highlands at Morristown Station” Project

 

Construction on a new mixed-use TOD at the Morristown rail station is anticipated to begin this fall. After a competitive RFP process, Rosewood Lafayette Commons, LLC (Rosewood) was designated the developer for the project. Rosewood proposes to develop "The Highlands at Morristown Station" that will consist of 218 residential units and 8,000 square feet of retail space wrapped around three sides of a 722-space parking deck. Of these 722 spaces, 415 will be dedicated to NJ TRANSIT commuters, an increase of 116 spaces over current parking capacity on the site. Rosewood received final site plan approval for the project in January 2005 and is finalizing construction documents for the project. Since 1999, when the town council passed the necessary zoning modifications to permit a mixed-use transit-oriented development on the site, Morristown and NJ TRANSIT have been collaborating to develop this three-acre parcel owned by NJ TRANSIT.


Site of Future Development,
Morristown Station, NJ

Hamilton Station redevelopment plan moves ahead

Selection of a master developer is anticipated in late 2005 for a transit-oriented development at the Hamilton Township NJ TRANSIT Station. An RFP was sent out in March 2005 seeking a master developer for the site to promote smart growth principles consistent with the vision and redevelopment plan. Several proposals were received in July 2005 and reviewed by an evaluation committee consisting of representatives from Hamilton, NJ TRANSIT, New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) and the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth. The site currently provides 25 acres of surface parking comprising 1,926 commuter spaces. In conjunction with the township, NJ TRANSIT recognized the potential for transit-oriented development at the site and developed a vision plan in 2000 which served as the basis for the station area redevelopment plan. In order to meet existing parking demand and to free up land for potential development, NJ TRANSIT will soon begin construction of a new 2,000-space parking deck.


Surface Parking, Hamilton Station, NJ

Princeton Junction Station Area Vision Plan

NJ TRANSIT, the New Jersey Office of Smart Growth and West Windsor Township completed a Station Area Vision Plan for the Princeton Junction Station in June 2005. Located between Alexander Road and Route 571 in West Windsor, the station is the second busiest in NJ TRANSIT’s commuter rail system and is within the greater Route 1 corridor, a major regional employment hub in the state. The primary goal of this visioning exercise was to create a broad, consensus-based TOD strategy that could accommodate existing and proposed transportation functions, market realities and complement regional and local initiatives at and around the station along the Northeast Corridor Line.

 



Proposed Main Street looking toward Princeton Junction Station
Source: West Windsor Princeton Junction Station Area Plan

The plan calls for the development of an incremental, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented village centered around the train station. The key principles of the plan include:

  • a new intermodal transit plaza
  • a new "Main Street" development
  • the creation of nine acres of new open space
  • new pedestrian linkages and increased bicycle connections through and around the station area
  • the creation of three new “districts” in the station area

Specifically, the plan calls for the creation of 120,000 square feet of retail space, 90,000 square feet of hotel space and 85,000 square feet of office space. In addition, approximately 790 residential units would be created in two major developments. The plan specifically discusses the integration of a proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) into the station area and the preservation of the “Dinky” rail service connecting the Princeton Junction station with Princeton Borough and the Princeton University campus. The Township Planning Board is reviewing the proposed boundaries of a redevelopment area centered on the rail station. This represents the next step in the local land use process to determine the area in need of rehabilitation or redevelopment and act upon the recommendations of the vision plan. The Township and NJ TRANSIT are also working with the Department of Transportation to advance the design of a connector road (Vaughn Drive) in the station area, a major infrastructure link which will establish the grid upon which future TOD can occur. Click here for a link to the full document.

Somerset County TOD Plan wins NJAPA Award

The plan “TOD Opportunities in Somerset County, New Jersey” was awarded the New Jersey chapter of the American Planning Association (NJAPA) Outstanding Planning Implementation Award. This plan, profiled in Issue 1 of Transit-Friendly Development, was a collaborative effort led by Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC with assistance from Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates and the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers University. The document presented an analysis of opportunities for transit-oriented development in Somerset County. In direct consultation with county residents, the team produced station-area plans and implementation strategies for three locations along NJ TRANSIT's Raritan Valley Line. These conceptual visions for sites located in Bound Brook, Branchburg and Somerville provide a guide for municipalities to effectively implement TOD planning at the local level, focusing particularly on design, regulatory policy and financial strategies.

 

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