Demolition is underway on the former Village Post Office paving the way for a new three-story boutique building that will feature just 20 modern rental residences, hotel-in- spired amenities, supportive street-level retail and a pioneering approach to a healthier way of living.
As part of the demolition work, which is expected to last approximately three weeks, a covered pedestrian path has been erected along the side of the building, which will remain in place until the exterior of the new building is completed. The protected path runs between the NJT pedestrian tunnel and the crosswalk at Inwood Place. The cross- walk at the south end of Ricalton Square is also open and accessible. Parking spaces temporarily affected by the work will re-open to the public as soon as it is deemed safe.
Once demolition is completed, JMF Properties, which specializes in transit-oriented development throughout the northeast, will commence vertical construction on CLARUS.
“We’re thrilled to have secured such an incredible site in the heart of downtown Maplewood and are delighted to be taking the next step in creating a new use for the property that we believe will complement the cherished fabric of one of New Jersey’s most desirable communities,” said Joe Forgione, the Founder and Principal of JMF Properties.
“We’ve been committed from the onset to delivering a mixed-use concept that would be a valued asset to the Village, and have worked closely with Municipal officials and listened to resident concerns to find a balance that would benefit all par- ties. We’re confident the end result will be a property that Maplewoodians will be proud of.”
Taking its cue from the property’s Latin name which means “clear” or “bright,” CLARUS will offer residents a more balanced life with an intimate collection of just 20 light-filled rental residences with high-end finishes and appointments with a curated collection of amenities.
Of special note, JMF is developing CLARUS to achieve WELL Multifamily Residential Certification – Pilot Program. WELL is a Performance Based System for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellness through air, water, nourishment, light fitness, comfort and mind. In order to obtain WELL Certification from the International Building Institute, the project must comply with the strictest standards in building material, ventilation systems and finishes.
“This is an important opportunity for us to develop a building that will not only fit in with the charm and character of the town, but will also incorporate a 21st-century approach to living when it comes to health and wellbeing,” said Mr. Forgione. “It’s a philosophy that is embedded in our way of thinking and doing business, and we will continue to build WELL properties as we see it as the standard in the future.”