NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - In his State of the City Address on New Year's Day, Mayor James Cahill said there were 1,100 housing units coming to the city.
Some of those units are in projects proposed for different parts of the city, but hundreds of units are under construction in three housing complexes that will be completed this year. There is also one major downtown project that will be completed
Here are some major projects to watch in 2019:
1. The Standard on New Street
In the city's downtown, at 90 New St. just off Livingston Avenue, work is underway on a 21-story building that will have 186 apartments anticipated largely serve Rutgers University students. The developer, Landmark Properties doing business as New Brunswick Urban Renewal LLC., received approval for the project more than a year ago.
Construction only began after the city council last May approved a 30-year tax abatement. Under the agreement, the developer would make an annual payment to the city in lieu of taxes. City leaders who voted on the agreement said the property had become an eyesore, with two abandoned buildings on the site that had been vacant for five years. When completed this year, the building could house upwards of 680 residents. It will have ground floor shops and 100 parking stalls.
2. The Collegiate, Easton Avenue
On the opposite side of the city, another nine-story apartment building is under construction at 78 Easton Ave. that will have 181 apartments, also largely expected to serve university students. This building will have 9,000 square feet of first-floor retail space. Just as with the New Street project, the developers of the Easton Avenue project - Missouri-based Collegiate Development Group of St. Louis, Mo. - were given a 30-year tax abatement, and instead will pay $1.1 million in lieu of taxes.
3. On the edge of the city on Route 1
Another project expected for completion this year is not intended for college students. Raritan Heights, a 254-unit complex is going up just off Route 1 south, near the AMC New Brunswick 18 movie theaters. City officials say these will be "market rate" units, distinguishing them from low-income apartment or luxury apartments.
4. Georges Road
In the planning stages is a mixed-use project with 12,000 square feet of retail and commercial space and 112 residential units located at the corner of Georges Road and Lawrence Street.
5. Jersey Handy Redevelopment
Also, there are plans for a five story, 112,000 square foot medical office building and a four story residential building consisting of 192 residential units in the Jersey Handy Redevelopment Area as it extends to Delevan Street.
6. Downtown tower and performing arts center
Probably the crown jewel of all the projects this year will be the $172 million New Brunswick Performing Arts Center and 23-story tower for office and residential use. The center, being erected on Livingston Avenue next to the State Theatre, will will become home to George Street Playhouse, American Repertory Ballet, Crossroads Theatre Company, and Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts Opera and Musical Theater.