A major town center-type development has been proposed for some 44 underutilized acres that surround the commuter rail station in Edison, NJ, and it’s much in keeping with the transit village concept that has taken hold, with state encouragement, around the Garden State. The size and scope at Edison in Middlesex County remains to be determined, but it’s likely to be a town center-type development combining substantial retail and residential uses, parks and a small office component.

Transportation will also be a focus because of the train station. Preliminary plans call for a bridge across the NJ Transit rail line, and some much-needed traffic improvements in the surrounding area.

What’s particularly interesting here is the design process. Developer InterCap Holdings of Princeton is utilizing the increasingly popular charrette process to scope out the final site plan. In this case, there’s a twist to that process, says Steven E. Goldin, chairman/CEO of InterCap.

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