New Jersey Business June 2014 : Page 67
54 th Annual New Good Neighbor Awards The New Jersey Business & Industry Association and New Jersey Business magazine proudly present the 54 th Annual New Good Neighbor Awards, which salute those firms that have, in the last two years, contributed to the economic value of their communities by constructing new buildings or investing in noteworthy improvement projects. This year’s pool of nominations comprised a total of $980 million in development investments and created an aggregate 9,937 jobs in the state. An independent panel from a cross section of state associations and organizations judged the entries based on their economic benefits, job creation, architectural merit and community involvement. On the following pages, we reveal the 11 winners, as well as one special award. This group of 12 equates to a total of $868.5 million in capital investments and 8,776 jobs. The 2014 New Good Neighbor Award winners are being honored at a luncheon on June 6 at The Pines Manor in Edison. New Jersey Business 67
NJBIA’s Annual New Good Neighbor Awards
The New Jersey Business & Industry Association and New Jersey Business magazine proudly present the 54th Annual New Good Neighbor Awards, which salute those firms that have, in the last two years, contributed to the economic value of their communities by constructing new buildings or investing in noteworthy improvement projects.
This year’s pool of nominations comprised a total of $980 million in development investments and created an aggregate 9,937 jobs in the state.
An independent panel from a cross section of state associations and organizations judged the entries based on their economic benefits, job creation, architectural merit and community involvement. On the following pages, we reveal the 11 winners, as well as one special award. This group of 12 equates to a total of $868.5 million in capital investments and 8,776 jobs.
The 2014 New Good Neighbor Award winners are being honored at a luncheon on June 6 at The Pines Manor in Edison.
2014 NEW GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARDS
Blackney Hayes Architects
Hon. Leo McCabe,
Borough of Glassboro
A Glassboro Full of Mixed Uses
225 Rowan Boulevard
225 Rowan Boulevard is a mixed-use project consisting of 52,000 square feet of office/classroom space, 9,600 square feet of first-floor retail and a 1,194-car parking garage. It is the latest phase of Glassboro’s 26-acre, $300-million Rowan Boulevard revitalization project that links Rowan University to the borough’s downtown retail district and is being developed in a public-private partnership between the Borough of Glassboro, Rowan University and private developers, including Nexus Properties, which also owns 225 Rowan, manages the building and operates the parking garage.
The five-story building houses the University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Education on floors two through five, thereby enabling Rowan to enroll more students and grow without using its own, limited capital. The retail space will attract more shoppers to the downtown and contribute to the development of this smart growth project.
The seven-level parking garage is considered essential to the overall project. It provides parking for University students, guests at the adjacent Marriott Courtyard Hotel (also a component of the comprehensive redevelopment project), retail customers and employees. To encourage use of the Rowan Boulevard retail, the first level of the garage is not gated and provides 137 spaces of free, sensor-monitored, two-hour parking. It also offers parking for the numerous borough-sponsored events that attract downtown visitors and strengthen the sense of community.
The building façade is comprised of brick, cast stone and EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems), which is a synthetic stucco-like material used to promote building sustainability and energy conservation. The combination of these surfaces creates the aesthetic look of individual townhouse units.
The $35-million 225 Rowan Boulevard project enlisted over 300 construction workers and will house approximately 70 full- and part-time employees in the retail space, parking garage and office/classroom building.
Vision Equities, LLC
(Vision Equities and
Hon. Ronald F.
Township of Hanover
Whippany Campus Redux
When Vision Equities, LLC and Rubenstein Partners purchased the 194-acre former Alcatel-Lucent campus on Whippany Road in 2010, the partnership recognized the property’s potential to serve as a “smart growth” infill revitalization project that would re-use prime land vacated by prior development.
The October 16, 2013 ribbon cutting for Bayer Pharmaceuticals’ new East Coast Headquarters realized the partnership’s vision to redevelop the site into a modern, sustainable, mixed-use community.
When purchased, the campus included 1.4 million square feet in 15 vacant office, laboratory and support buildings that housed Bell Laboratories from the mid-1920s to 2009, when Alcatel-Lucent relocated the site’s 2,100 employees to Murray Hill. In May 2012, the partnership subdivided and sold 95 acres to Bayer Healthcare and began developing a 675,000-square-foot, build-to-suit facility for this global pharmaceutical industry leader and long-time New Jersey corporate citizen.
Here, Bayer consolidated four New Jersey and New York locations and retained 2,500 New Jersey jobs, supporting the state’s dominance as a pharma industry hub. In addition to introducing desirable Class A corporate space to the marketplace, the project is promoting residential, retail, hospitality and, potentially, additional office components on the adjacent 94-acres.
Development of the project emphasized commitments to sustainability and reuse. Two of the 15 original structures were considered suitable for redevelopment and were incorporated into the new building design. The entire project was designed to LEED Gold “green building” standards. More than 90 percent of the existing ceiling tiles were recycled, remanufactured and utilized throughout the new building. The project also preserved more than 45 acres of vital wetlands and mature forests.
The $300-million Bayer HealthCare Headquarters also was welcomed for its ongoing economic benefits. In addition to the retention of corporate jobs and the generation of new employment through additional development, this campus historically was Whippany’s largest tax ratable; Bayer has now assumed that distinction. The project also generated 450 construction jobs.
Dawn S. Hunter,
Chamber of Commerce
Vineland’s Super Market
Bottino’s Shop-Rite of Delsea
The Bottino family has been serving the Vineland community since 1999, when it took over operation of an existing supermarket. The family’s vision of excellence and commitment to the community motivated them to partner with the City of Vineland to create a redevelopment plan for an abandoned and dilapidated auto salvage yard.
With financing from Susquehanna Bank and National Co-Op Bank, the Bottinos leveraged the federal New Markets Tax Credit program – established by Congress in the year 2000 to spur new or increased investments into operating businesses and real estate projects in low-income communities – to construct a $25-million, 88,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art supermarket/retail center. As intended, this project has significantly impacted redevelopment of the city’s west side commercial corridor.
Working with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the Bottino's made sure that this new store met the objectives of the NJ Fresh Foods initiative, bringing healthy food choices to an underserved market. In addition, back-up generators were installed at the store, ensuring continuous operation to the area in an emergency or natural disaster.
In spite of its size, this new supermarket maintains a neighborhood grocery store feel. A key feature of the spacious and well-organized Shop-Rite is the produce and fresh food section that welcomes shoppers as they enter the store. There are impressive bakery, deli, seafood and meat sections, as well as a comfortable dining area within the store. In addition to the destination grocery store, the development also includes a RiteCare community health center, additional retail units and several pad sites for further development.
The entire Vineland area now benefits from a newly-designed and larger supermarket with better access and parking, which, in turn, helps the city economically. More than 200 jobs were retained in the area and many local contractors, including some 200 construction workers, participated in the site’s development. By attracting additional traffic to the corridor, this new store also is boosting other neighboring businesses.
Borough of Hopewell
Brick Farm Market
The $3.2-million Brick Farm Market is Hopewell Borough’s newest treasure. Located at 65 Broad Street, it was once the home of Malek Chevrolet, a small, family-owned-and-operated new and used car dealer and a landmark in Hopewell’s landscape – a landscape that is a blend of yesteryear’s historic relics and today’s progress, much as the Brick Farm Market is.
The 1950s era car dealership building has been both preserved and transformed; it’s now a state-of-the-art facility that looks as though it has always been there. The building’s adaptive reuse has perfectly married the old and the new, with its location complementing, not clashing with, the community and its needs. Indeed the market, which opened in spring 2013, is truly “Hopewell,” which is enjoying a “reuse renaissance.” A business district streetscape renovation was recently completed that permanently preserves the town’s historic charm and character.
Jon and Robin McConaughy’s Brick Farm Market farm-to-table mission, which includes the nearby Double Brook Farm and soon-to-open nearby Brick Market Tavern, is planned to be fully sustainable – farm-to-market-to-table and back-to-farm in the form of compost and feed. It is a model of organic and sustainable ingenuity from its solar, geothermal and high efficiency facility components to its locally grown or made-on-the-premises mantra. Market-goers are impressed with the offerings of the organic market, with its farm products and locally grown and made fresh baked goods, meats and cheeses.
Now firmly embedded in the community as a stakeholder and major employer, the Brick Farm Market was renovated by local tradesmen and professionals. It currently employs 20 full-time and 5 part-time workers. All materials for the project were purchased locally and, when feasible, were manufactured within a 15-mile radius.
Hopewell has welcomed the McConaughys – their vision, their partnership with the community and their commitment to its success. The borough is confident that as the momentum builds and more shoppers discover the market’s fresh food alternatives to supermarket produce and packaged foods, the business and the community will inevitably flourish together.
Hon. Chuck Cahn,
Cherry Hill Township
Caring in Cherry Hill
LourdesCare at Cherry Hill
The Lourdes Health System is one of South Jersey’s leading healthcare providers with acute care hospitals in Camden and Willingboro and outpatient facilities located throughout the region. Committed to helping area residents maintain their health, Lourdes was an enthusiastic partner in developing LourdesCare at Cherry Hill, a one-stop ambulatory care center.
Located at the major crossroads of Marlton Pike (Route 70), Brace Road (Route 154) and Kings Highway (Route 41), LourdesCare resulted from the adaptive reuse of a seven-acre former “greyfield” site that sat abandoned for several years until being bought by Rosewood Real Estate Enterprises. There, Rosewood envisioned developing a modern urgent care facility that would advance the region’s quality of life. By offering a range of medical specialists under one roof, Lourdes can provide convenient and streamlined medical care for hundreds of patients daily.
But the realization of this dream could not be achieved alone. It came to fruition through the collaboration of many private and public stakeholders, including the developer, Lourdes Health System, Cherry Hill Township and Camden County – plus local residents and businesses, a private investment of approximately $20 million, and over 100 construction workers. The high level of involvement and coordination among all parties helped to expedite the project from the initial concept meeting to the opening and first patient at LourdesCare in just 10 months, in March 2013.
This was no simple feat. Because of the site’s former uses, including a gas station and dry cleaner, the site required extensive environmental remediation. The existing structure also needed substantial renovations and alterations, including the replacement of all major systems. Internally, in addition to installing state-of-the-art technology for the high-quality and safe delivery of healthcare services, the common spaces and patient areas were decorated to create a comfortable and soothing environment.
LourdesCare created more than 110 full-time, high-quality jobs, in addition to its staff of 40 doctors and healthcare professionals.
Now, LourdesCare plans to expand its campus with an additional building at the corner of Brace Road and Route 70.
Douglas J. Coleman
Two River Community Bank
Hon. Victor Sordillo,
Township of Warren
Welcomed in Warren
Mt. Bethel Village
Recent reports indicate that New Jersey has the highest rate of autism in the nation. Mt. Bethel Village began addressing this concern long before the latest statistics were released. It is a unique project on several levels. The $7.5-million facility, completed in January 2013, is designed specifically for adults with autism and other special needs, with nationally recommended attention to: safety and security; a clear layout to maximize familiarity; clean, simple lines, eliminating visual clutter; minimizing sensory overload by using familiar materials and muted colors; appropriate lighting; and acoustics that reduce ambient noise as much as possible.
Unlike any other residence on the East Coast, Mt. Bethel Village most closely resembles an assisted living community, with private apartments for 40 residents in a safe, modern building that complements the character of its surroundings. It provides extensive, planned activities, exercise venues, a dining room, game room, computer lab and trained staff to help the special needs adults maximize their independence and self-determination.
A key component of Mt. Bethel Village is community participation. The facility intends to involve both Day Program and full-time Residential Program clients in appropriate volunteer and employment opportunities in Warren Township. Similarly, Mt. Bethel invites Warren Township organizations to the facility for tours, and other events and programs that will benefit not only Village residents but community residents as well. Mt. Bethel Village already has demonstrated its commitment to being a great neighbor by reaching out to the community and its leadership for advice and support as the Village was developed.
With its proximity to the Autism Think Tank founded by Dr. Paul Abend, the father of an autistic child, and the Developmental Learning Center, a school for children with autism or autistic-like behavior, Mt. Bethel Village is now part of Warren Township’s legacy of progressive treatment, education and housing for the autistic community.
In addition to Mt. Bethel Village’s 30 employees and the 45 workers hired for the building’s construction, numerous other local contractors, vendors and suppliers will benefit from the facility’s operation.
Hon. Craig H. Wilkie,
Parked in Florence
NFIPark at Florence – Phase 1
There’s no better roadmap to successful development than a comprehensive collaboration between a builder, tenant and government entity. And that was precisely the partnership that evolved between National Freight Industries (NFI), Subaru and Florence Township.
Promising to create a singularly attractive commercial development, NFI has been constructing a business park on 129 acres along the Route 130 Corridor that has been a catalyst for other economic development in the community. In 2013, it finished building a $35-million, 526,050-square-foot warehouse, distribution, office and training center for Subaru. NFI has land use approval to expand the complex an additional 504,000 square feet, for coverage of 76 acres by Subaru at full build out.
The township worked closely with NFI to expedite the land use approvals for Subaru and obtain its Certificate of Occupancy (CO) on a tight deadline. And NFI built a jug handle to the site earlier than required, recognizing the road improvement’s importance to the overall site and Route 130. It was through the close cooperation and communication between all parties that the deadlines were met.
The Subaru project involved over 250 construction workers and now has 40 full-time employees on-site.
With the addition of Subaru to the NFIdevelopment, the township felt confident the project would quickly help attract other quality companies. This vision has been realized with the location of a new corporate office headquarters for Burlington Coat Factory and distribution/fulfillment center for Express Scripts on the NFI property, and a new distribution/fulfillment center for Destination Maternity on the other side of Route 130. These four companies alone will combine to produce employment of approximately 1,700 jobs in Florence.
Whenever the township is in the running for a new commercial or industrial business venture, the mayor and township staff point to the NFI commercial park as an example of how local government and a private developer can successfully partner with a corporation to create an exceptional project.
Ivy Equities & LCOR
Hon. Peter A. Cantu,
A Triple Play in Plainsboro
Novo Nordisk Inc.
New Jersey has been home to Novo Nordisk since 1982, when it opened its doors on Alexander Road in Princeton. The April 2013 dedication of the corporation’s new US headquarters on Scudders Mill Road in Plainsboro serves as testament to the company’s commitment to patients and the state. The $225-million redevelopment project created 1,100 full-time positions and more than 500 union construction jobs. Several unions were so impressed with this project that their pension funds invested in it, helping to make it a singular public- and private-sector collaboration.
The redesigned headquarters showcases Novo Nordisk’s dedication to its unique internal culture and commitment to employees’ personal growth – values that consistently earn them recognition as a top company to work for. The redeveloped building promotes innovation, teamwork and employee wellness with features such as a state-of-the-art cafeteria, a one-mile scenic walking path and quiet “focus areas” for employees.
Utilizing an existing structure and sustainable materials to construct a world-class building while limiting environmental impact, the new US headquarters also is consistent with Novo Nordisk’s Triple Bottom Line (TBL) approach to its business, encouraging decisions that are financially, socially and environmentally responsible.
The LEED Silver-certified campus is fully powered by renewable energy from wind, solar and hydro sources – features that are expected to result in a 30 percent reduction in energy costs.
Reflecting expectations for continued growth in the US, Novo Nordisk plans to initially occupy 75 percent of the building’s total capacity, leaving room for future expansion.
Novo Nordisk is also dedicated to being an active member of the community. From support of post-Hurricane Sandy relief efforts to funding the Trenton High School Mentoring program to being the official title sponsor of this year’s Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon, the company is committed to working with local groups and associations to make New Jersey a better place for the company’s families, friends and patients.
Master Construction LLC
Chamber of Commerce
The Barn at Perona Farms
Perona Farms is nearly 100 years old. Fourth generation owners, the Avondoglios, are as actively involved and as on top of guests’ needs at the popular Sussex County dining and event venue in the heart of New Jersey’s dairy country as was founder Emil Perona.
Built in 1931, The Barn at Perona Farms was used as a dairy barn until 1964. The nearly $500,000 in renovations to The Barn began in September 2012 and were completed in April 2013. The Avondoglio family worked tirelessly to ensure that the original architecture was preserved and remained a focal point while creating a wedding venue with rustic ambiance.
Today, The Barn at Perona Farms is a favorite among brides and grooms for its gorgeous architecture and unique features, as well as for the traditional quality of Perona Farms’ food and service.
The downstairs cocktail hour setting features rustic décor with a touch of country elegance, showcasing a handsome red elm bar, locally made oak tables with restored milk cans as seats, and a wall of light-inundated barn-style windows. The upstairs reception area is set with custom-made live edge poplar tables and uplighting that emphasizes the original structural design of The Barn’s cathedral-style ceiling.
The materials used for the project were all locally sourced. The wood used for the custom-made tables was hand picked from the Monkey Mill in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania; the milk cans and tractor seats were purchased from local antique stores and retailers; the church pews were bought from a church in Whitestone, New York, and the red leather banquette couch is a treasure from the popular and now gone Llewellyn Farms restaurant in Morris Plains. The contractor utilized only local electricians, plumbers, carpenters, lighting specialists and other subcontractors.
Perona Farms has long been a popular venue for local events and a host of benefit dinners.
Once the renovation was completed, it began supplementing its full-time staff of 30 with part-time employees to work the The Barn’s weddings and other events.
New York, NY
New York, NY
Chamber of Commerce
Blooming in Elizabeth
The Outlet Collection Jersey Gardens
Located in Elizabeth since 1999, Jersey Gardens, New Jersey’s largest outlet mall, has been transformed into The Outlet Collection Jersey Gardens. The center boasts a unique mix of over 200 top name retailer and manufacturer outlets, discount and off-price stores, restaurants and entertainment. The $30-million remodel, completed in October 2013, brought a new brand, a new design aesthetic, five-star amenities and a luxury shopping experience to Jersey Gardens.
Inspired by famous Fifth Avenue luxury brands, The Outlet Collection Jersey Gardens’ new look adds sleek contemporary lines, warm colors, glass and stainless steel railings, and drop ceiling light fixtures. Newly redesigned restroom facilities, sustainable concourse furniture, and a new dining emporium add to the center’s appeal.
In conjunction with the redevelopment, the shopping center added leading retailers to its roster, including outlets for Coach, Coach Men, True Religion, Calvin Klein Accessories, Tommy Hilfiger (the largest in the country), Lego and Century 21 Department Store.
Since its establishment on a remediated brownfield, The Outlet Collection Jersey Gardens has led the way in sustainability and responsible use of technology. It features a solar power roof, utilizes a highly effective recycling system for all stores, offices, and food and entertainment outlets, and recently installed “green” furnishings made of wood and recycled material.
The Outlet Collection Jersey Gardens is an economic stronghold in Northern New Jersey. It employs 5,000 people in a variety of retail, administrative, security and service jobs, and generates significant tax revenues for the state and city. The Outlet Collection’s management is constantly seeking innovative ways to give back to the community, and in 2013 contributed more than $90,000 to various community groups and non-profit organizations. The mall also is home to Union County College’s Retail Skills Center, which provides both tenants and job candidates with a valuable resource for recruitment, training and placement. Since opening, the RSC has served more than 21,000 people and has developed programs to meet specific community and mall tenant needs.
Pickell Architecture, LLC
Christopher J. Phelan,
President & CEO
Chamber of Commerce
Historic Stangl Returns to Flemington
The Stangl Factory
For long-time New Jerseyans, Stangl Pottery and Flemington are virtually synonymous – both because that’s where the company started in 1925 and that’s where Stangl’s popular off-price retail location operated for decades. Stangl actually moved its pottery production to Trenton in 1934 and later sold out to Pfaltzgraff, which operated a retail outlet in Flemington for years before closing and leaving the space vacant in the mid-2000s.
In 2012, The Stangl Factory, LLC, acquired the 16,000-square-foot former pottery factory at the corner of Mine Street and Stangl Road, in the evolving Stangl Arts District, and transformed it into a center for creative arts and related pursuits. Reusing the old building promotes local, regional and state adaptive re-use and historic preservation goals and it is once again a regional tourist destination as well as a catalyst in Flemington’s ACES – Arts, Culture, Entertainment and Shopping – downtown renaissance.
The borough was especially supportive of the $550,000 effort, granting it tax abatement. Today, 17 full-time and over 25 part-time workers are actively engaged there in the creative arts, fine craft and design. Additionally, a weekly indoor farmers’ market offers an outlet for fresh farm products and advances the interests of farmers and farmland protection. A monthly Second Sunday marketplace, featuring antiques, collectibles, jewelry, furniture and other handmade fine craft, has been enthusiastically attended.
Unlike a typical commercial real estate management approach, Stangl Factory, LLC is establishing a multifunctional destination that capitalizes on the site’s rich history. In addition to the permanent tenants, approximately 6,000 square feet of event space has been retained to permit large group activities, including non-profit meetings and fundraisers.
The preservation and reuse of The Stangl Factory in its original setting has allowed an important part of Flemington’s fine craft history to set the tone for the 21st century. It is once again a major destination and attraction that is enhancing pedestrian activity and has transformed an empty eyesore into an exciting and productive site.
Pomarico Design Studio
Wm. Blanchard Co.
Hon. John Birkner Jr.,
Borough of Westwood
Westwood Site Reborn
Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley
As northern Bergen County evolved from farmlands to suburbia after World War II, the need for accessible medical care grew with the population. Pascack Valley Hospital opened in 1959 with an 86-bed facility on 20 acres along Old Hook Road in Westwood. Sadly, after nearly 50 years of serving the public, Pascack Valley shuttered in November 2007.
Hackensack University Medical Center purchased the hospital in October 2008, and the community supported them in their efforts to open the facility. At a time when several hospitals in New Jersey were closing or facing bankruptcy, the visionary HUMC leadership remained committed to providing the hospital beds the region needed. First, in October 2008, the hospital’s emergency room re-opened as a satellite ER. In 2012, the State awarded HUMC a certificate of need (CON) to re-open the entire Pascack Valley Hospital as HUMC at Pascack Valley.
Together, HUMC and Legacy Hospital Partners - plus some 300 construction workers - renovated and modernized over 400,000 square feet of facilities. After 16 months and $96 million in construction and equipment costs, HUMC at Pascack Valley opened on June 1, 2013 – the first new hospital to open in New Jersey in 30 years.
The hospital now employs 438 full-time and 322 part-time workers, and the economic impact to the region has been significant. Throughout Westwood, doctors and other health-related services occupy previously vacant offices, and the central business district is once again thriving. Shops and restaurants, local mechanics, hair salons … virtually every type of business has been impacted positively because of the re-opened facility. Additionally, the hospital contributes invaluably to the borough’s real estate tax revenues.
HUMC at Pascack Valley has also established itself as an active community leader. For example, the hospital’s multi-purpose room has been designated a “community room” and is made available to various civic and community groups for meetings. In cooperation with the local chamber of commerce, the hospital is involved with health fairs, screenings and education programs. Additionally, it underwrites costs for Westwood’s “Home for the Holiday” parade, summer concerts and various other events.