While working for Hillier, I was involved in the development of this project. Hillier NY was retained by the Matrix Development Group to assist with Master Planning and Feasibility studies for a 5.5-acre site along the Passaic River in downtown Newark, New Jersey. The Master Plan also incorporates the existing 20 story One Riverfront Center as well as the existing podium of Two Riverfront Center.

The Site is located in downtown Newark, New Jersey along McCarter Highway and Raymond Boulevard. Adjacent landmarks include Penn Station to the south, the new FBI building to the north, and the Passaic River to the west. Approximately ¼ of the site will be developed in the future. A new sheet pile riverfront is currently under construction by the Army Corp. of Engineers.  A 40’ easement from this edge is reserved for an extension of the Joseph G. Minish Passaic River Waterfront Park.  A 50’ foot setback from the property line is required by the NJDEP. All existing parking entrances and service/loading drives must be maintained.

Building Orientation & Organization
Major urban gestures accomplished within the design include the creation of a major Civic Plaza linking the existing Riverfront Plaza drop-off with Minish Waterfront Park and the river. This Civic Plaza will create a pedestrian link from the downtown towards the river. Buildings along the river will be oriented perpendicular to the Minish Waterfront Park with elevated courtyards one or two levels above. Retail components will be located along both edges of the Civic Plaza and the western edge of the Minish Waterfront Park.

A new entry boulevard with drop-offs is created at the upper plaza running parallel to the river. These vehicular and pedestrian links will connect from Penn Station at the south to McCarter Boulevard and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to the north.

 The overall aesthetic of the project will be sensitive to the immediate context. Masonry and steel elements will relate to surrounding waterfront buildings and existing steel bridges which span the Passaic River. Landscaping, paving, and lighting will create an inviting environment which will help activate and enliven the riverfront.

 This mixed-use development will be a major element in the resurgence of Newark. A combination of market-rate housing, office, hotel, and retail components will create a dynamic, mixed-use, transit oriented neighborhood conveniently located within the downtown and adjacent to major mass transit facilities.

Design Architect Principal: Hillier NY
Principal: Jim Greenberg
Project Team: John Locke, Paul Cremoux W.