“To grow enrollment, attract high-achieving students and faculty and sustain a base of private support, we must continue to enhance the quality of campus life, the availability of amenities and services and the physical, social and recreational environment,” said Bloom. “Enhancing the community that surrounds NJIT and campus life is key to NJIT’s growth and prosperity and this is what the Gateway Development Project is all about as well as the Warren Street Village. We want to create places where students, faculty, staff and the community converge to live, work and play.
The Gateway Project will create a mixed-use neighborhood that fosters a 24/7 life and pedestrian activity, with retail space at street level. “The aim is to improve the quality of life for NJIT and its neighbors, attract new residents, encourage new housing and promote the restoration and adaptive reuse of the district’s historic buildings, wherever possible,” said Bloom.
The Gateway Project focuses on four distinct areas of development. In addition to the Warren Street Village, there will be an “MLK Gateway” section, featuring larger-scale retail and residential offerings and a multi-level parking structure at Orange Street. Restaurants, office and academic space, plus a potential spot for a hotel/conference center will be the hallmarks of the “University Park” section at Central Avenue. The fourth area of development is St. Michael’s Medical Center which is completing a number of improvement projects and is planning for adaptive re-use of the old hospital building.
The Gateway Project was designed to be a public/private partnership where the private sector makes the investment and drives the development. Jones Lang LaSalle was selected by NJIT and the Gateway Project Steering Committee to complete the Plan and serve as Master Developer.
Speaking about the Gateway Project and noting the start of the first phase, Mayor Cory Booker said “Newark is New Jersey’s top college town and I am ecstatic that the Warren Street Village will bring even more high-quality housing choices, amenities and services to the students, scientists, engineers, and inventors connected to NJIT. This new project represents an impressive commitment by NJIT leadership to the University Heights neighborhood and the City overall. As even more of NJIT’s students and faculty live and study in close proximity to the university, this will create a dynamic community that will pay dividends for Newark in the coming decades.”