Company Proposes Mixed-Use Senior Housing Complex Across from Mahwah Station

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Monarch Communities Mahwah Nj Development Rendering
Proposed development: transit-oriented senior housing and retail, Mahwah, New Jersey. Rendering via the Township of Mahwah.

A new mixed-use building is being proposed across the street from a Bergen County train station, but unlike many transit-oriented developments that have been planned across the region, the residential component of this project would not be marketed toward young commuters.


New Hampshire-based Monarch Communities, LLC is planning a four-story senior housing and retail complex at 6 East Ramapo Avenue and several adjacent properties along Franklin Turnpike, King Street, and Siding Place in Mahwah, according to documents released by the township’s municipal government.

Monarch Communities Franklin Turnpike Mahwah Nj Development Map
Site of proposed development in Mahwah, Bergen County, New Jersey. Rendering via the Township of Mahwah.

A January 8 report by Deborah Alaimo Lawlor of Maser Consulting states that “the applicant proposes to construct a 175-unit multi-family senior housing facility containing 97 congregate apartment units, 48 assisted living units, and 30 memory care units.”

Nearly three dozen beds would be classified as “affordable” and there would also be 7,956 square feet of retail space and a parking garage, according to the report.

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Monarch Communities’ featured senior housing development, Mahwah, New Jersey. Rendering via the Township of Mahwah.

The parcels are situated opposite the Mahwah train station and Veterans Memorial Park.

A July 2020 environmental impact statement from Dynamic Engineering notes that the 3.46-acre site “is presently developed containing four … commercial buildings, the Mahwah post office and associated parking lot and driveway areas,” adding that the proposed development would involve “demolishing the existing site improvements.”

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Western facades. Rendering via the Township of Mahwah.

Monarch Communities, LLC’s application for preliminary and final major site plan approval with variances was previously scheduled to go before the Mahwah Board of Adjustment on January 13, but the matter was adjourned to the meeting on Wednesday, February 3.

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Northern facades. Rendering via the Township of Mahwah.

The application lists Mahwah Town Center, LLC of Maywood as the owner of the premises, but identifies Monarch Communities, LLC as the “contract purchaser.”

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to go before the Mahwah Board of Adjustment and other commissions are subject to change.

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