Third & Valley demonstrates what can be achieved when a well-managed municipality partners with a thoughtful developer, committed to exemplary design.

As part of Jonathan Rose Companies, Topology Principal Phil Abramson served as development manager and project planner to lead technical and regulatory strategies for a redevelopment project that has become a key part of South Orange’s Transit Village neighborhood. Implementation challenges on the 2.7 acre parcel included the relocation of the South Orange Rescue Squad and temporary relocation of commuter parking, as well as negotiations with the Township and NJ Transit.

This project is now complete and was recently nominated for a New Jersey Future Smart Growth Award. The project, built on an existing parking lot, contains 215 residential units, 10% of which are designated for low-income households. Additionally, it contains 3,000 square feet of retail space and a 529 space structured parking facility, including 255 spaces allocated for public use. The building was designed to reflect its local context through the use of traditional materials and its massing strategy.

Insight: creating strong public-private partnerships is often the difference between good and great redevelopment projects.


Mixed-Use Redevelopment


Development Manager / Planner

Project Team

Jonathan Rose Cos., Developer

Torti Gallas and Partners, Architect

Tim Haas & Assoc., Garage Designer

Dewberry, Engineer

Public Benefits

255 Space Commuter Parking Garage

21 Affordable Housing Units

Temporary parking relocation

LEED Silver Certification

Rescue Square Relocation

Various mobility improvements


240,000 Gross Square Feet

216 Residential units

5 Live/Work units

529 Space Parking Structure

3,000 SF Retail


$64.4 Million