New Brunswick has been redeveloping its rail station area in recent years by strengthening local educational, cultural, health care and residential uses. A series of projects either completed, under construction or newly started are continuing this strategy.
- Completed this spring, the city’s first dedicated home for the Rutgers School of Nursing now sits at 110 Paterson Street, less than a quarter mile from the NJ TRANSIT rail station. The new 18,000-square foot, 3-story building houses classrooms, laboratory and examination rooms, as well as faculty offices and a lecture hall.
- Adjacent to the School of Nursing, work continues on the Rutgers Institute for Health Sciences. When completed next summer, this 58,000-square foot facility will be home to the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, as well as the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Clinic. Together with the School of Nursing, this new facility will form the Rutgers Health Sciences Center, and will extend New Brunswick’s downtown health care district, already home to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the Child Health Institute of New Jersey.
- Also of note is the Gateway Transit Village where groundbreaking ceremonies were held June 10. This 16-story mixed use building will house the Rutgers University Bookstore and University Press, serve as a welcome center for visitors to Rutgers and provide 200 new residences and 656 parking spaces. The development is located immediately north of the station and will be directly connected to the westbound platform. The New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) is developing the property; scheduled completion is September 2011. See Governor Corzine Signs Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Act for additional information.
- Complementing the Gateway project, NJ TRANSIT is pursuing several improvements at the New Brunswick rail station, most notably a new elevator on the eastbound (to Newark/New York) side of the station that will connect customers between the ground, first floor, and platform levels of the station.