Newark Landmark to Undergo Major Renovation
by Josh Anderson
NEWARK, NJ — Amazon’s HQ2 isn’t the only project with the potential to inject some major juice into rapidly changing downtown Newark. Berger Organization, a Newark-based real estate development and management firm plans to overhaul the historic property located at 33 Washington Street, comprised of a 450,000 square feet office tower. All nineteen floors will receive a facelift, including the lobby and the “streetscape” outside. Berger Organization acquired the property, which sits on 1.6 acres across from Washington Park in the James Street Commons Historic District, in March 2017.
The renovation comes on the heels of a handful of other renovations in the surrounding area, such as the Newark Museum’s Washington Street entrance, currently being renovated after a 30 year closure & Military Park, which recently experienced a major overhaul. As Newark looks to the future, a collaboration of private business leaders are have been in talks with the city to redevelop Washington Park in a similar way.
“The demand for Class A office space in Newark continues to grow and 33 Washington’s location and amenities make it a highly desirable address for companies that want to be downtown,” Miles Berger, CEO of Berger Organization, said in a press release. “We are also very excited about new developments within the neighborhood and what those will mean for the city’s business community.”
Though it was originally built for Blue Cross Blue Shield in 1970, the property is now multi-tenanted by a range of companies. The building boasts a fitness center, café, shared conference rooms, on-site parking and multiple tech companies. Upper floors enjoy a view of the Manhattan skyline. As alluded to previously, the building is located in a district being proposed as a future site of Amazon’s highly-sought HQ2. The building-wide upgrades will include overhauled heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems; upgraded elevators, enhanced lighting; better security systems; and numerous digital signage kiosks.
33 Washington Street, Newark is situated just two blocks from the Newark Broad Street commuter light rail and a half a mile from Newark Penn Station.