Garden State Plaza developers plan to turn Bergen County mall into destination area

Garden State Plaza in Paramus is about to be completely redesigned. Instead of surface parking areas west of the mall, there will be modern luxury apartments, plazas, parks, gardens, health and wellness facilities, commercial offices, as well as a Transit Center – alongside new outdoor stores, restaurants, community event spaces and a restored Sprout Brook.

The transformation will be carried out by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, in collaboration with Mill Creek Residential. On Monday, the developers announced that they had teamed up for the first phase of the new vision for the region.

Scheduled to break ground in 2024 and open to residents in 2026, the first phase will include the construction of 550 luxury apartments that will be integrated into the mall via a one-acre “city green” for residents, visitors and the buyers. — as well as the establishment of an outdoor “Main Street” district bringing together restaurants, amenities and day-to-day services.

The development will also include important community and sustainability features such as new parks and green spaces, the construction of green buildings, improved connectivity to public transport networks, electric vehicle charging stations and the restoration of a section of the beloved local Sprout Brook.

“Our bold vision for Westfield Garden State Plaza is to transform the mall into a true downtown where the local community can come together to live, shop, work and play,” said Geoff Mason, Executive Vice President, developed, designed and operated in the United States. management, URW, said.

The development is an example of URW’s broader strategy to transform shopping centers into multi-faceted, multi-use destinations, while enhancing their contribution to the economic, social and cultural vitality of the local communities they serve.

One of the world’s premier shopping destinations, Westfield Garden State Plaza is a 2.1 million square foot flagship destination anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s and AMC Theaters. As well as being home to the world’s top luxury brands, it also offers a dynamic mix of retail, dining and entertainment with the additions of Eddie V’s, Season’s 52, Pinstripes, Nerf Action Xperience and more.

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