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Wyldes Luxury Apt. Complex in Harrison Offers Array of Indoor Amenities

Feb 02, 2024
The Wyldes Harrison

Advance Realty Investors has recently revealed an impressive array of indoor amenities at The Wyldes, the newest luxury apartment complex in Harrison’s Redevelopment Zone. The development, designed by MHS Architecture, encompasses 399 upscale studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments, adding to the Town of Harrison’s luxury apartment options. Wyldes is located at 1100 South 5th Street in Harrison NJ.

The Wyldes' interior offerings exceed 20,000 square feet, featuring two grand lobbies with soaring ceilings, a coffee station, and a commercial-grade demonstration kitchen that encourages culinary exploration. Entertainment options abound with a virtual gaming and karaoke room equipped with a mini bar, a Pool Hall billiards room with a media lounge and kitchenette, The Garden Bar, and The Clubhouse lounge, which includes a media center and full kitchen adjacent to the pool. The property also prioritizes work-life balance and wellness with The Office and Reading Room for co-working, private offices, conference rooms, and a two-story gym equipped with state-of-the-art fitness technology.

Outdoors, The Wyldes boasts 45,000 square feet of green space, featuring a landscaped rooftop Sky Deck with panoramic views, multiple fire pits, sun loungers, and barbecue areas. The Greene offers a serene courtyard experience, and The Pool provides a resort-like setting with an infinity-edge pool and ample lounging areas.

There is a lack of Green Spaces in Harrison but the residents of Wyldes in addition to the building’s Green Spaces can use the Pocket Park recently announced by Harrison Mayor James Fife who was confronted about the lack of Green Space in the Harrison Redevelopment Zone which happened on his watch as both Mayor of Harrison and Chairman of the Harrison Redevelopment Agency. The use of a private park and opening it up to the public has been seen as a reaction to criticism of Mayor Fife that he failed to include Green Spaces promised for the Harrison Redevelopment Zone. 

The apartments themselves are designed with luxury and comfort in mind, featuring high ceilings, oversized windows, private balconies or terraces, luxury plank flooring, Bosch washer/dryers, and kitchens equipped with GE stainless steel appliances, designer cabinetry, and quartz countertops.

Located in a town once known for its industrial prowess, Harrison has transformed into a vibrant, walkable community, drawing in young professionals with its proximity to New York City and Newark, enhanced by the Harrison PATH Station. The Riverbend District, a 35-acre development aims to blend modern residential living with open spaces.

However, this burgeoning urban development is now facing an environmental concern. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has plans to establish a toxic sludge dewatering plant at the former PSE&G Gas Works plant, mere blocks away from The Wyldes and other luxury apartment buildings such as SteelworksVermella Harrison, Cobalt Lofts, and Urby Harrison.

This decision has sparked concerns among residents, given the proximity to these residential areas. Mayor James Fife, who also serves as the Chairman of the Harrison Redevelopment Agency overseeing the Harrison Redevelopment Zone where these buildings are located, has NOT opposed the EPA’s plan. Mayor Fife continues to avoid stating that he is against the EPA plan at both Mayor & Council meetings and Harrison Redevelopment Agency meetings when asked during Public Sessions.  Mayor Fife has also moved to curb public participation at Harrison Redevelopment Agency meetings by limiting the time for each person to 5 minutes.  It was at the August 29, 2022 meeting of the Harrison Redevelopment Agency during the Public Session, before the imposition of a time limitation, when he tried to divert blame for his lapse and blame the EPA and PSEG for the lack of Green Spaces in the Harrison Redevelopment Zone. Mayor Fife revealed that he knew about EPA's plan to use Harrison's PSE&G former Gas Works plant for dewatering toxic sludge from the Passaic River.

The juxtaposition of luxury living with environmental considerations underscores the complex challenges facing urban development in Harrison and the need for a balanced approach to growth and sustainability.  The Developers have made substantial investments in the Town of Harrison and were told by Mayor Fife through a proxy that then-Councilman Anselmo Millan’s statement that the EPA was seeking to place a toxic dioxin-laden sludge dewatering plant in Harrison at the former PSE&G Gas Works plant in a residential zone across from the Steel Works Apartment building was a lie during an Election year. It has been confirmed that EPA will use the PSE&G property. EPA is currently negotiating terms with PSE&G. The investments made in Harrison by Developers are at risk. Who wants to live across from a toxic dioxin-laden Agent Orange sludge dewatering plant? 

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