Apartments and Townhouses Proposed for Roseland’s Former Bobst Site

146 170 Harrison Avenue Roseland New Jersey
Site of proposed development: 146 and 170 Harrison Avenue, Roseland, New Jersey. Image via Google Maps/Satellite View.

Less than a year after a property in an Essex County suburb that previously contained offices was sold for millions of dollars, new details have been released about what the new owner intends to do with the site.

The Gardens at Roseland, LLC is planning a residential development at the former Bobst North America premises at 146 and 170 Harrison Avenue in Roseland. The company’s proposal calls for 177 apartments, 34 townhomes, and a clubhouse.

If approved, the apartment portion of the complex would contain three four-story buildings and five three-story buildings, according to a public notice.

The notice states that there would be 59 one-bedroom apartments, 111 two-bedroom apartments, and seven three-bedroom apartments and that 15 percent “of the rental units [would be] reserved for low- and moderate-income households.”

On the townhome side, there would reportedly be 12 two-bedroom units and 22 three-bedroom units divided among nine buildings.

The notice also mentions that the developer wants to merge 146 and 170 Harrison Avenue together and then create three development lots, one of which “will be reserved for future development.”

An application submitted by the LLC associates the company with Garden Homes Development of Short Hills.

As Jersey Digs first reported in January, 146 Harrison Avenue was sold for $27,841,000 in August 2020 by Bobst North America, according to county deed filings. The previous owner was a subsidiary of a Swiss packaging supplier and used the Roseland property for their North American offices before relocating to Parsippany.

The Gardens at Roseland, LLC’s request for subdivision and site plan approvals was originally scheduled to go before the Roseland Planning Board on May 17, but an agenda says that the matter has instead been carried to the board’s June 21 meeting.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Roseland Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.


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