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Harrison Redevelopment

Feb 05, 2022

HGA prepared Harrison's Waterfront Redevelopment Plan for a 250+ acre former industrial waterfront area within the Town. The Plan capitalizes on assets such as its regional accessibility, the presence of the PATH station within the area, the character and history of the area, and its location along the Passaic River. The Plan also recognizes constraints to development such as environmental contamination due to its former industrial heritage and its location within the 100-year floodplain.

The Redevelopment Plan provides the groundwork for the development of a diverse mix of uses and public amenities that will achieve the goals and objectives of the Plan which includes economic development. Features of the Plan include:

  • A public waterfront walkway and park along the Passaic River that integrates an Army Corps flood control project.
  • A street oriented mixed-use boulevard
  • A waterfront corporate center which includes office space, a hotel and conference center.
  • A professional soccer stadium
  • Improvements to the PATH station and potential reopening of the Harrison New Jersey Transit Station
  • Residential opportunities
  • Implementation strategies including partnership and funding opportunities.

The Waterfront in the Redevelopment Area was impacted by Superstorm Sandy since it is within the 100-year flood hazard zone. HGA is currently working with the Town and the redevelopers to address the flooding issues. One of the issues is the relationship of first floor retail to the need to be above the flood elevation. This requires a creative design solution that does not undermine the mixed use, walkable, smart growth community that is envisioned in the Redevelopment Plan.

Source: Heyer, Gruel & Associates