Deugen, Iron Ore complete 25,000 sq. ft. mixed-use building in historic Maplewood

The amenity-rich building features 11 luxury apartments atop ground-floor retail

Deugen Development, in partnership with Iron Ore Properties, completed the construction of a 25,000-square-foot Class A mixed-use building in the historic downtown section of Maplewood, according to a Wednesday announcement from the developers.

Located at 104 Baker St., the newly constructed property offers 11 upscale apartment units and 3,737 square feet of ground-floor retail space in the transit-friendly Lower Essex County township.

Alternatively known as “the village” or “Maplewood Center,” the downtown district is peppered with upscale and midscale restaurants, a small supermarket, independent cafés, a bookstore and other lifestyle services and offerings.

“The infill redevelopment of this former gas station resulted in the delivery of a high-quality, upscale property offering immediate-neighborhood access to a transit-friendly, vibrant downtown district,” said Eric Gormeley, Deugen’s CEO. “Pride in our craft is rooted in delivering exceptional service and construction that retains long-term curb appeal and property performance while also enhancing the immediate neighborhood. We are pleased with 104 Baker’s end product, which was made possible by a close public official/private developer collaboration.”

Strategically situated near the high-identity intersection of Baker Street and Maplewood Avenue, 104 Baker is within a five-minute walk of Maplewood Train Station’s one-seat direct rail service to New York City.

Currently in the lease-up phase, the eight two-bedroom and three one-bedroom open-concept apartments offer plenty of high-end designer finishes, such as kitchens with energy-efficient stainless-steel appliances and quartz countertops, softwood luxury vinyl flooring, oversized Pella windows, central air conditioning and in-unit washers/dryers. On-premises parking, electric car-charging stations and a unique indoor/outdoor rooftop terrace are among the community amenities.

Designed by UHL Architecture in Orange, 104 Baker invokes modern elements with subtle historic characteristics that appeal to today’s tenant base.

“From the pre-development planning phase right through to the final touches, our entire team worked in close collaboration with the Maplewood Village Alliance to ensure 104 Baker reflects and honors the current streetscape while extending the vibrant sight lines of the neighborhood,” said Josh Sternberg, principal of Iron Ore Properties. “We were able to partner with and incorporate the alliance’s feedback to successfully deliver Maplewood’s newest residential and retail lifestyle center to enhance Maplewood’s iconic city center.”