Newark’s 33 Washington getting a makeover

Extensive renovations are planned for the former Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey office tower in downtown Newark.

All 19 floors of 33 Washington St. are being renovated by the Berger Organization, a diversified real estate development and management firm that acquired it in March.

It is currently occupied by a range of leading companies, including those in the growing technology sector. The building has a fitness center, cafe, shared conference rooms and onsite parking.

Plans include an updated lobby, digital signage kiosks, new streetscape, fit-outs for a high-tech tenant base and all new central systems, including HVAC, elevators, lighting and security.

“The demand for Class A office space in Newark continues to grow and 33 Washington’s location and amenities make it a highly desirable address for companies that want to be downtown,” said Berger CEO Miles Berger. “We are also very excited about new developments within the neighborhood and what those will mean for the city’s business community.”

The office building is surrounded by landmarks that include the Newark Public Library, John Ballantine House and the Newark Museum, which is also renovating its Washington Street entrance and will soon reopen it to the public.

A group of private business leaders are also talking to the city about redeveloping Washington Park, similar to the renovations completed several years ago at Military Park.

The historic district is also being proposed by as Amazon’s new HQ2 headquarters.