Parking lot to residential community: Rejuvenating Metuchen’s Town Center
Real estate success arises when a community’s needs and wants are fulfilled. Metuchen provided just the opportunity for a discerning developer to create success. The town caters to a major commuter community, but was lacking downtown residential options and did not have adequate open spaces for the public to enjoy. Woodmont Properties has developed a beautiful solution: Pearl Street Plaza. By redeveloping an existing ground-level parking lot, the group was able to build a transit-oriented town center adjacent to the train station. This new location offers 273 one- and two- bedroom luxury units, 12,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, a half-acre of public plaza – to be used for famer’s markets, concerts, etc—and a 750 parking space multi-level parking deck to be shared by the residents and commuters. Prior to Woodmont’s involvement, the property was under-utilized as a commuter parking lot. Woodmont’s proposed mixed-use development added value for all involved stakeholders. This enhancement required well-thought planning and engineering to create a benefit for the municipality and its residents. SESI’s engineering design involved building and parking lot layout, grading, drainage, and construction support services. The site has been designed to accommodate ADA access to all public spaces.