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Social Security Office in Somerville Closes, Relocates to Bridgewater

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Social Security Administration building in Somerville closes Tuesday, Nov. 10 and will relocate to Bridgewater. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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The Davenport, a 5-story, 60-unit apartment building will be built on the present site of the Social Security Administration office in Somerville. Developer is Weiss Properties. Credits: Courtesy Weiss Properties
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SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Social Security Administration office at 29 Davenport St. closes at noon on Thursday, Nov.10, and will reopen at its new location at 245 Highway 22, Suite 207, Bridgewater at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14.

The building is scheduled for demolition next spring to make way for a five-story, 60-unit apartment building with underground parking.

The borough planning board approved the project in July.

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Developer Robert Weiss said construction will begin as soon as demolition is completed. He expects the project will take 18 months to complete.

The Davenport will feature 40 one-bedroom apartments and 20 two-bedroom apartments.

There will be 68 parking spaces – 46 on the upper level, or ground floor, and 22 spaces on the sub-level. To satisfy the borough’s ordinance on occupancy and parking, which requires 1.2 spaces per rental unit, Weiss will need to purchase four or five parking permits from the borough.

Architect David Minno of Minno & Wasko Architects & Planners, Lambertville, described The Davenport as an “attractive, in-town building.”

Weiss expects the building will attract the so-called Millennials, younger tenants looking for a pleasant place to live with enclosed parking, in a building designed to not look like a townhouse. He described The Davenport as “softened elegance, loaded with a lot of glass.”

A courtyard will be in the center of the building, with vehicular access to the ground floor and sublevel parking through two entrances.

The new Bridgewater Social Security office will feature a larger reception area and additional free parking to better accommodate visitors. The office's phone and fax numbers remain the same, (866) 446-6198 and (908) 595-0286, respectively.

The office will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-noon. 

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