Press | April 1, 2007

New Green Mixed-Use Complex Planned for Trenton

New York Construction


Design work and financial planning continue on a new energy-efficient, mixed-use complex in Trenton, NJ, that is expected to revitalize a major corner in the state capital’s downtown.


THe $175 million Trenton Town Center, designed by Magnusson Architecture and Planning of New York, will consist of residential, commercial, and retail components sprawled over 2.33 acres at the corners of State, Montgomery and Hanover Streets.


A groundbreaking could take place as soon as the end of the year. The developer, Full Spectrum of New York, has already designated Bovis Lend Lease of New York as its construction manager.  Paulus Sokolowski and Sartor, based in Warren, NJ, is serving as executive architect and MEP Engineer.


The residential component will include 276 units comprising 427,000 sq ft distributed between a 10-floor high-rise and five stacked town houses.  The office component will include 153,000 sq ft of Class A space on eight floors. The center will also have 32,000 sq ft of retail and 129,000 sq ft of parking, as well as 40,000 sq ft of open space.


The project entails the adaptive reuse of the existing Bell Telephone building on the site and extensive demolition of other structures, though it would preserve the facades of the Arts Building and the Felcone Building.


The complex will use 50% less energy than required by law through the use of features such as integrated photovoltaic panels, a cogeneration plant running on gas-powered fuel cells, and geothermal wells.


Parts of the complex will deploy a high-performance, factory-assembled panelized exterior wall system. This passive envelope will reduce the energy required and generate electricity from solar energy that will be used to power some base building utilities.


It also will have daylighting controls, raised floors, and light shelves to spread natural light throughout the structures.


“We’re moving forward on several fronts with Full Spectrum,” says Alan Greenwald, director of housing and economic development for the city. “We’re working out the disposition agreement and several financing options.”


The current plan is to obtain funds from the state’s Environmental Infrastructure Trust, as well as potential designation as a revenue allocation district, which would make the development eligible for tax increment financing.  The developer may also seek Trenton’s help to gain status as and Urban Enterprise Zone, which provides tax benefits.


The parcels fort he project are still being assembled, but consist of plots owned by the city and Full Spectrum.


“It is a significant step forward for the city,” Greenwald adds.