The pandemic and its economic impact have created another challenge for Catholic schools struggling to stay open. Just this year, at least 19 New Jersey Catholic schools closed, and at least another five were folded into nearby schools. Buildings left empty by closings are not new for the Catholic schools, which have been battling falling enrollment and funding issues for years.
The 99-year-old building at the corner of East 22nd Street and Church Lane will retain the original Roman revival-style façade as the interior is turned into 30 loft apartments, from studios to two-bedroom units. Plans for the building also include a gym, rooftop terrace, and garage.
The target date for the $15-20 million project is third quarter 2021, but that is contingent upon approvals. As of earlier this week, the site plan application had yet to be filed with the town planning board. Developers still plan to complete construction and start leasing apartments in late 2023.
Site work continues in Bala Cynwyd, PA, where the historic Lees Shoddy Mill makes way for a modern senior living facility on the 4.8-acre site. A six-story, 84-unit, 96-bed apartment building will take the place of the former mill built in the 1800s.
The apartment building will include various amenities such as libraries, a fitness center, a computer space, rehabilitative and memory services and a small park for community use. There will also be 68 parking spaces.
Continued delays leave the target date for vertical construction unknown.
Elsewhere in Montgomery County, construction has yet to begin on a five-story building of luxury apartments in Lansdale. The $35-40 million project on a four-acre site will include 205 units and various amenities. A creek will run around the building and parking lot. Completion is expected by April 2022.
The Record newsroom in Hackensack was never known for its fancy amenities. The printing press would rumble to life in the old building adjacent to the Hackensack River, and the work of reporters and editors would transfer to the page before being moved to delivery trucks to spread the area’s news to the people of Bergen County. When the owners of the newspaper moved its headquarters to Woodland Park, the site sat vacant for years.
Soon, though, developers will break ground on a $145 million redevelopment of the site, creating luxury apartments and retail units in a project that is Hackensack’s first luxury, mixed-used riverfront community and the largest project of its kind in the city, according to northjersey.com. City officials hope it leads the transformation of the waterfront area from largely industrial to residential and retail, and becomes a destination for people looking to move or shop in Bergen County.
The Record building was demolished in 2018, clearing the way for a redevelopment plan that will build approximately 700 luxury residences spread among five buildings. There will be 18,000 square-feet of retail space and a hotel on the 19.7 acre property.
The neighboring Heritage Diner will remain in place. Plans for the USS Ling, a submarine that was part of the NJ Naval Museum that once operated from the property, have not been announced.
The redevelopment is expected to create 250 construction jobs, and the project is expected to be fully completed in 2025.