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Fifty-Five Union illuminates the path towards a greener Newark, New Jersey


Newark, NJ – Fifty-Five Union, the new rental community in Newark’s historic Ironbound district, is not only delivering exceptional living spaces and thoughtful amenities to the city, but also incorporates a comprehensive sustainability and wellness plan that contributes to a healthier and more eco-friendly environment, propelling Newark towards a greener future.

Spearheaded by Fifty-Five Union’s developer, Newark-based J&L Companies, the plan amplifies the City of Newark’s Sustainability Action Plan by embracing a holistic approach that fosters both environmental well-being and resident wellness within the built environment.

Noteworthy green elements integrated into Fifty-Five Union’s design include a cutting-edge greywater recycling system that captures stormwater on the roof, filters it using UV radiation to eliminate bacteria, and repurposes it for irrigation throughout the property. By doing so, it significantly reduces water consumption and minimizes the impact of rainwater on the streets.

Additional environmentally-friendly features include a living green wall in the lobby, a sustainable green roof, energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the property, Energy Star-rated appliances in each residence, EV charging stations, energy recovery ventilation, hybrid heat pumps, and a regenerative power elevator system.

Access to open space within an urban setting was also prioritized in the design process for Fifty-Five Union, with more than 20,000 s/f of outdoor escapes for fresh air, recreation, and relaxation, including a landscaped rooftop garden and entertainment area with uninterrupted views of NYC and downtown Newark.

J&L Companies is actively pursuing Fitwel certification for Fifty-Five Union, a prestigious recognition originally created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration (GSA). The third-party certification is now granted by The Center for Active Design (CfAD) and acknowledges buildings that prioritize the health and wellness of occupants, with focuses on ample natural light, access to outdoor spaces, fitness facilities, enhanced indoor air quality, thermal and acoustic comfort, and walkability.

“We designed this property to support the physical, mental and social well-being of our residents, aiming to enrich their lives and enhance their overall experience,” said Gabriel Lopez, J&L Companies Vice President. “55 Union introduces a future-ready, green-infused urban residential environment, setting a higher standard for positively influencing health and wellness through thoughtful and sustainable design in Newark.”

J&L Companies assembled a team of renowned professionals to integrate the advanced green technologies into 55 Union’s design, including MEP Engineer VanPraet/Weisgerber Turnkey Engineering; Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners; Landscape Designer Arterial; Kelly Mac of Interiorscapes; A&L Landscaping; and Greenspot. Notable subcontractors involved with the MEP installations include Haddad Plumbing; Air Group, Schindler Elevator Corporation and MDC Electrical.

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