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Edison Lofts building is New Jersey’s largest non-waterfront adaptive reuse project

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Edison Lofts building is New Jersey’s largest non-waterfront adaptive reuse project

Minno & Wasko Architects & Planners designed the building.

By David Malone, Associate Editor | April 26, 2018
Edison Lofts on Main Street

Courtesy Minno & Wasko Architects & Planners

Built by Thomas Edison in 1913, the Thomas Edison Invention Factory in West Orange, N.J., served as a manufacturing operation where Edison employees produced storage batteries used in light delivery vehicles, automobiles, railroad signals, industrial applications and mining equipment. Operations in the factory ended in 1965, and the site is now undergoing a major transformation to become Edison Village.

Edison Village, is the largest non-waterfront adaptive reuse project in the state of New Jersey, is wrapping up Phase I of its redevelopment. Phase I includes the creation of 334 rental units (including 34 one- and two-bedroom new construction homes), 18,400 sf of retail space, and a 650-space parking structure.

The 100-year-old Edison Lofts building was completely renovated and reconstructed and features 300 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom market-rate residences that range in size from 590 sf to 1,500 sf. The renovation and reconstruction of the building takes advantage of the 14- to 16-foot ceiling heights and the 10-foot replica replacement windows to provide abundant natural light.


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The Mews at Edison Lofts comprises the 34 new construction homes over 18,000 sf of retail space. These homes range from 796 sf to 1,336 sf and include designer kitchens with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and wood detailing throughout. Monthly rents for these residences start at $2,100.

Amenities for all Edison Lofts residents include a fitness center, an indoor pool, bike storage, a media/screening room, a business center, a private dining room, concierge service, covered parking, and a dog wash. Green spaces and a rooftop indoor/outdoor lounge are also included. The retail component, The Shoppes at Edison Lofts, will feature restaurants and cafe-style concepts and an interior plaza with a cascading fountain.

Phase II of the project will see the construction of 230 for-sale townhouses and infrastructure improvements such as new roads, sidewalks, lighting, and landscaping. Prism Capital Partners is the project’s developer. Minno & Was Architects & Planners is the architect.

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