NUTLEY, NJ-At a meeting earlier this eek, real estate executives suggested the Roche campus here could be redeveloped as a site for a hotel, conference center or a science park.
They suggested that the property could also be suited for mixed-use that could include retail, office and residential components.
According to a report in The Record, Roche officials as well as representatives from the Clifton City Council and the Nutley Township Board of Commissioners will meet on Jan. 23 with representatives of four planning firms that are vying to work on a master plan for the 119-acre Roche campus. The planning firms in the running for the project are: Phillips Priess Grygiel LLC, Elkus Manfredi Architects, Perkins Eastman, and AJS Capital Holdings LLC.
“The planner’s job is to help us come up with an overlay plan or a redevelopment plan for all the property so when it is put up for sale, we’ll have a direct plan,” Clifton Mayor James Anzaldi said. “It will make it easier for a developer in this sense: they’ll know what’s going to be allowed, and secondly, it will make sure the cities are protected, the quality of life is protected. There are some traffic concerns.”
The pharmaceutical firm announced last year hat it would shut the facility and vacate the property by 2015. See story in The Record.