NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Planning Board unanimously approved the preliminary site plan resolution for Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at the On3 redevelopment project on the former Hoffman-La Roche campus. The plan calls for 465 permanent parking spaces, 55 on-site on-street spaces, with 196 temporary spaces in Nutley.
The Board did a great job in persuading the school to limit the permanent parking spaces on the Nutley side. Our goal was to provide the parking that was required, while preserving opportunity for future development and added ratables,” said Mayor Joseph Scarpelli. “Passing this resolution was a big step forward to help complete the construction at the medical school and allow students and faculty to begin occupying the buildings in late spring.”
In July 2016, Seton Hall University and Hackensack Meridian Health announced that the two organizations signed a 25 year lease for 16 acres on the former Hoffmann-La Roche campus. Buildings 123 and 123A will include the new School of Medicine, as well as Seton Hall's College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences, which will be relocated from the South Orange campus. In addition, research facilities are expected to occupy the other non-academic floors of the buildings.
“Chairwoman Tangorra, Commissioner Evans, and the entire board did a praiseworthy job and I want to congratulate them for their patience during this protracted process,” said the Mayor. “I also want to commend our Planning Board professionals: Engineer Todd Hay, Planner Paul Ricci, and our attorney Barry Kozyra for their guidance and expertise which was critical in moving the process forward.”
The school, which will be the only private medical school in New Jersey, is the center piece of the former Roche site which is now owned by Prism Capital Partners. Prism purchased the entire 116 acre site in October 2016. Prism plans to redevelop ON3 campus and attract life science businesses to the site.
In the summer 2017, Modern Meadow a bio-fabrication company that produces bio-manufactured leather also moved onto the ON3 campus. They will occupy 73,000 square feet of Building 102. Their relocation from Brooklyn was helped in part by a Grow NJ grant of $32 million in tax credits which was approved by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). Modern Meadow plans to add 200 employees by 2020.
“Modern Meadow is a cutting edge bio-tech firm that the Board of Commissioners is thrilled to welcome to Nutley,” said Scarpelli. “Their addition to the ON3 campus fills three of the five vacant buildings left upon Roche’s departure. Modern Meadow, along with the medical school, will definitely create quality job opportunities for our residents.”
In November, the NJEDA approved an additional $33.1 million Grow NJ award for Ralph Lauren Corp. The company, headquartered in Manhattan, has proposed leasing 255,000 square feet at ON3 in Nutley. They plan on retaining 518 jobs in the state and create another 250 positions. In addition, Quest Diagnostics received $55 million in tax credits and pledged to create 384 new jobs in their move from Madison to ON3 in Clifton.
“This past year, many pieces began to fall in place to start the transformation of the former Roche campus. I am confident that these positive changes will invigorate our local economy and increase our property values. I am honored and privileged to be Nutley’s mayor during this exciting time in our history,” concluded Scarpelli.
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