The Board of Commissioners announced that Topology will continue their outreach to Nutley residents in regard to the redevelopment of ON3, with two more community events over the coming weeks. They will be manning a table outside Nutley ShopRite on Tuesday, November 19 th and another outside the Nutley Diner on Tuesday, November 26 th in order to solicit community feedback.

On November 6 th the Commissioners held a Community Meeting at Nutley High School to update the public on the redevelopment of the former Hoffmann LaRoche campus and seek their input. Topology, the Township’s planner for the Roche Redevelopment Project, hosted the meeting, which was the initial meeting of a series of public engagements that will take place through January. “This was the first of several public presentations over the next couple of months,” Said Mayor Scarpelli. “The Board of Commissioners are very interested in public input as the redevelopment of the former Roche campus proceeds.”

The meeting included an update on the status of the campus. The update summarized the work on the site to date. With Ralph Lauren’s move into 100 Metro Boulevard in October, four of the five vacant buildings left upon Roche’s departure have now been reactivated. The Hackensack School of Medicine, Seton Hall’s College of Nursing, and SHU’s School of Health and Medical Sciences are educating their students in a unique interdisciplinary curriculum. This partnership is providing a world class education for all students on a state-of-the-art Interprofessional Health Sciences campus located in two of those buildings.
The school, which is the only private medical school in New Jersey, is the centerpiece of the
former Roche site.

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In the summer 2017, Modern Meadow a bio-fabrication company that produces bio-manufactured leather was the first tenant to move onto the ON3 campus. They occupy 73,000 square feet of Building 102/111 Ideations Way, a research and development building on the eastern part of the campus.

Y-mAbs, pediatric cancer research, is also located in 111 Ideation Way, along with Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI). CDI is comprised of three distinct institutes: 

 The Institute for Cancer and Infectious Diseases
 The Institute for Multiple Myeloma
 The Institute for Regenerative Medicine

“The ON3 site is fast becoming an exciting, unique life science, education, research, and international design innovation hub with the co-location of the School of Medicine, Modern Meadow, Ralph Lauren, Hackensack Meridian cancer research, Y-mAbs, and Quest Diagnostics, which is under construction in Clifton, all on the campus,” said Mayor Scarpelli. “Although these are welcome additions we now have to look at how future development in both Clifton and Nutley will affect our services, traffic, and infrastructure.”

Attendees at the Community Meeting participated in an interactive polling exercise that gave residents an opportunity to express their concerns and preferences that will help guide the next phase of the planning and engagement processes. Some of the proposed ideas obtained from the residents in attendance were an amphitheater, more retail and dining options, and for the site to be a new center of activity for Nutley residents. Some of the concerns expressed were increased traffic, the effect of redevelopment on the schools, and not losing that hometown feel. 

“Residents were able to learn what has been happening on the campus since Roche’s departure,” said Mayor Scarpelli. “The unique interactive exercise the public participated in gives the Board of Commissioners the ability to solicit the public’s ideas and concerns.”

Information, as well as a community survey on the redevelopment of the former Roche campus, can be accessed through the Township’s website: www.nutleynj.org/roche
“I hope that our residents will take advantage of the many public and online opportunities to express their opinion and get involved in the process,” concluded Scarpelli.