When NJ REALTORS® sold its headquarters building in Edison in 2014, it began looking to acquire a site in Trenton for its new headquarters and found a vacant parcel at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and South Broad Street owned by the Mercer County Improvement Authority. The land, formerly the site of several businesses and dwellings, had been assembled by the authority, but was not being used, paving the way for the NJ REALTORS® and the authority to enter into a redevelopment agreement.
Completed in 2016, the three-story, 22,000-square-foot structure has about 7,600 square feet on the first and second floors and 6,800 square feet and a roof terrace on the third floor. The ground floor features retail or office rental space, with a fenced-in patio tied to one of the ground floor suites that can accommodate social events or outdoor restaurant seating.
The building and its interior spaces were designed to serve NJ REALTORS® operations, with every opportunity to maximize natural daylight pursued. There are several large meeting spaces, with a third-floor room designed to accommodate executive board meetings.
The building’s exterior is a combination of brick, pre-cast concrete and glass, designed to be both forward-looking and reflective of the architectural heritage of the historic industrial and residential structures nearby. A key feature of the design is the cylindrical entry that provides a dramatic, multi-level entry lobby connecting to the circulation core.
The completed project, anchoring the corner of Hamilton and South Broad – adjacent to the authority’s offices and across from Sun Arena – adds to the attractiveness of the area and puts the property back to productive use, clearly enhancing the neighborhood.
At the building’s opening, NJ REALTORS® CEO Jarrod Grasso stated, “After many years of planning, our dream of being located in our state capital is now a reality. We are proud to work in a community we believe in and are pleased to be a part of the larger revitalization of the historic City of Trenton.”
Clarke Caton Hintz
Barr & Barr, Inc.
Thomas J. Denitzio, Jr., Esq.
Smith & Davis LLP