SOMERVILLE, NJ - The borough's inventory of commuter-friendly rental apartments continues to grow, with Monday's announcement that the 69-unit. four-story SOMA is ready to lease from its inventory of studio, one- and two-bedroom units, with monthly rents ranging from $1,550-$2,700.

Located at 110 South Bridge St., SOMA - an acronym for South of Main - is perched alongside the Somerville train station and NJ Transit's Raritan Valley line with direct service to Newark's Penn Station and New York City. The building is a short walk from bustling dining, shopping and nightlife on Somerville’s Division Street Plaza and Main Street Corridor.  Immediate Occupancy is available.

SOMA was built on the site of the former Richards Fuel Oil company.

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“We’re delighted to officially launch our leasing program and debut the newest luxury address in Somerville’s award-winning downtown,” says Nick Hollenbeck, director of Sales and Marketing for Sterling.  “SOMA has been designed to offer the exact kind of trendy and chic homes and lively, urban-style environment today’s renter is in search of.   The building has already generated a significant buzz in the market and we fully expect a strong response to its much-anticipated opening.”

Designed by Comito Associates, SOMA will blend seamlessly with the architectural landscape of downtown Somerville.  Homes will range from 585 to 1,290 square feet of space and feature tall ceilings, washer/dryer in every unit, stainless steel appliances and designer finishes.  The building will also offer a state-of-the-art fitness studio and tech lounge.  Interior Design firm Mary Cook and Associates designed the project’s unit interiors and common space.

Downtown Somerville has been named one of the state’s “Great Places” by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association and was a 2018 recipient of an NJ Future Smart Growth Award for its efforts to create a welcoming and walkable retail and residential district.  The bustling tree-lined district draws thousands of visitors each year to its local shops, boutiques, art galleries, fine restaurants, and many events hosted by the Downtown Somerville Association.

SOMA is a Sterling Properties initiative. and was designed to meet LEED Silver standards, which will not only reduce the building’s carbon footprint and minimize its impact on the environment, but also provide residents significant savings by lowering monthly energy bills and more. 

“As part of our LEED efforts, we’ve instituted a bike share program our residents will be sure to appreciate,” Hollenbeck said.  “Rather than getting in a car, they will have access to bikes which will allow them to pedal downtown, save on emissions and also shop locally.”

For additional information visit www.rentsoma.com or call 908-575-9900.

Sterling Properties is the owner and developer of residential, office and commercial communities throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut.

Somerville is one of several towns along the Raritan Valley line that are experiencing a resurgence in residential development designed to accommodate the demands of those seeking luxury rental housing with easy access to the amenities of a nearby downtown along with easy access to New York City.

There are several developments in the pipeline. 

The SOMA building will be adjacent to a 40-acre Transit Village expected to break ground later this year.

Somerset Station will be an expansive project featuring apartments, townhouses, retail stores and a community center alongside the NJ Transit Raritan Valley line - with an interior roadway providing access to Route 206.

The application to develop the property was given site plan and subdivision approvals by the borough Planning Board last year.

The final application is based on a “wish list” included in the borough’s Master Plan. That evolved over several years and was approved unanimously. There are contingencies that will require months of additional meetings for the developer to working out details with local, county and state engineers, environmental agencies, traffic engineers, the borough’s fire marshal and other officials.

The developer will need to apply for permits and submit plans for each phase of the construction to the Planning Board. 

Ground breaking is not expected until 2019.

Preliminary plans include 14 buildings each, 4- to 6-stories tall with 371 apartments in two of those buildings; 156 attached town houses and two parking garages on the 40.7-acre site, all within walking distance of New York City trains.

The conceptual architectural plans for the buildings embody a modernized Victorian-era design, reflective of the building facades in downtown Somerville, according to Brian E. O’Looney, architect for the project.

Somerset Station will be built in phases, beginning with a 4-story parking deck adjacent to the rail line in close proximity to South Bridge Street. It will accommodate 415 vehicles, according to preliminary plans. That structure will then be surrounded and “wrapped” by a 4-story building that will include rental apartments, retail space on the first floor, and the community civic center, which will feature a 4-5,000 square-foot meeting room.

The "Edge," a 153-unit complex will be built on West Main Street and will mirror a similar building developed by Jack Morris. It will feature a parking deck, rooftop pool, a health and fitness club and other retail on the ground floor. Construction is expected to begin by summer.

Stalled by groundwater issues is The Davenport, a five-story apartment building on Davenport Street in the downtown district planned by New Brunswick developer Robert Weiss, who also built the 113-unit Cobalt Apartments on Veterans Memorial Drive adjacent to the NJ Transit line and within walking distance of SOMA and the train station.

Somerville developer Greg Storm of DGM Management has plans for a multi-unit building alongside the Cobalt Apartments, and last year opened Six North, an 18-apartment building on Doughty Street in the downtown district just off West Main Street.