HarrisonStation300SomersetStreet-HarrisonNJ_HEROLocation:Harrison, N.J.
Developer: Harrison Commons
Builder: AJD Construction
Architect: Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners
Number of units:275
Unit mix:Studios and one- and two-bedrooms
Rents: $1,765 (average)

In 2006, Harrison Commons began remediation of a former industrial and warehouse site in Harrison, N.J. As the first building in a multiphase revitalization of the run-down area, the four-story, mixed-use property reflects the brick façades of the area’s industrial past, while showcasing contemporary architecture.

Residents get a taste of modern, city-style living in studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments that have a loftlike feel and open floor plans, as well as luxurious building amenities (including a 24-hour concierge).

The most desirable amenity, however, is Harrison Station’s location. Developed with mass transit in mind, the building is next to a train station, making Manhattan only 20 minutes away.

Inspiring a community to connect with others requires more than just a commuter-friendly location, however. Harrison Station was developed to create a town center by providing residential and mixed-use retail opportunities for gateway commuters attracted to the area. The building contains 15,000 square feet of retail space on the street level, and new sidewalks and walkways throughout the developing area make it easier to travel by foot than by car.

Further fostering Harrison Station’s environmental conscientiousness, the Energy Star–compliant development includes energy-efficient appliances, lighting, and plumbing fixtures in each unit, as well as censor-activated lighting in common areas. Perhaps most impressive is the building’s white roof, which deters solar heat gain.