Adaptive Reuse Projects Present Equal Measures of Challenges, Opportunities

By: Taylor Williams | Northeast Real Estate Business

Adaptive reuse projects have continued to garner the attention of the commercial real estate community, especially in light of the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While office and retail conversion projects have remained popular in numerous markets over the last several years, in certain parts of the country, projects involving the adaptive reuse of hospitals and healthcare facilities have also played a major role in bringing new life back to communities.

With new apartments, reuse of Plainfield hospital site taking shape after more than a decade

By Joshua Burd

The new six-story, 120-unit apartment building known as The Randolph has brought new life to a vast structure on the former Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center campus in Plainfield.

As Bill Colgan points out — and seemingly embraces — its previous use is still evident in many places throughout the property.

“Here is where you feel the remnants of an old hospital,” he said during a recent tour of the building, as he entered a central, open lobby area that once housed nursing stations and other functions, but will now serve as additional lounge or co-working space for residents.”

Development team, local leaders unveil new CVS Pharmacy in Plainfield

A development team led by CHA Partners joined local officials recently to unveil a new CVS Pharmacy in Plainfield.

Located at 1204 Park Ave. the store has opened its doors at a property just south of Randolph Road. CHA completed the project in partnership with Jacobs Enterprises Inc., with additional plans calling for the construction of a new apartment building next to the CVS.

Opening Day at Plainfield’s Park Ave CVS Set for Sunday, June 6

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Plainfield’s new CVS retail location at 1204 Park Avenue will open on Sunday, June 6, District Leader Thomas Cimino said at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday. Mayor Adrian Mapp noted that having CVS return to Plainfield indicates that there is something new and vibrant going on in town, and the company recognizes the need to establish its footprint here.

The mayor said the location is fitting at the busy intersection of Randolph Road and Park Avenue, and will complement The Randolph, the new apartment complex with two-thirds of its units already occupied, and a medical mall that will be built across the street.

Plainfield: The Randolph Makes it Official with a Ribbon Cutting

PLAINFIELD, NJ — Managing Partner William J. Colgan of CHA Partners said at a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday that two-thirds of the 120 units at the 186,000-square-foot property dubbed The Randolph, a new rental development on the site of the former Muhlenberg Hospital, are already rented. Construction began in late 2019, and the project included environmental remediation and site-wide traffic and circulation improvements.

Colgan told the assembled group that the market rate project was “probably the hardest project CHA has ever done.” He said when the hospital closed in 2008, it left a “gaping wound” in the Plainfield community, with everyone wanting to see the hospital reopened, even though it was never going to happen. His project, he recalled, was an “extremely unpopular decision” at the time.

CHA Partners Debuts Multifamily Element of Plainfield Hospital Site Redevelopment

CHA Partners has completed and is leasing the multifamily addition to its redevelopment of the former Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center in Plainfield, New Jersey.

The Bloomfield, New Jersey-based company has opened the Randolph Apartments, a new, 120-unit luxury apartment building at 1330 Randolph Road. The residential property is part of CHA Partner’s master-planned redevelopment of the hospital campus, which also includes the creation of a new community-based healthcare facility to be known as the Muhlenberg Medical Arts Complex.

CHA, city officials mark debut of apartments, redevelopment of ex-hospital site in Plainfield

CHA Partners has unveiled a new 120-unit luxury apartment building in Plainfield, part of a master-planned redevelopment of the city’s former Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center.

Known as The Randolph Apartments, the complex has opened at 1330 Randolph Road at a site that will also include a new community-based health care facility. The property is already nearly 65 percent leased after hitting the market early this year, CHA said, breathing new life into the area after the hospital closed in 2008.

The developer, which is known for repurposing shuttered hospitals, celebrated the milestone on Wednesday alongside Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and other stakeholders.