Garden State Plaza developers plan to transform Bergen County mall into destination area

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield partners with Mill Creek Residential on first phase 

Garden State Plaza in Paramus is set to be completely reimagined. Instead of surface parking areas to the west of the shopping center, there will be modern luxury apartment homes, plazas, parks, gardens, health and wellness amenities, commercial office space, as well as a transit center — alongside new outdoor shops, restaurants, community event spaces and a restored Sprout Brook.

Accomplishing the transformation will be Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, together with Mill Creek Residential. On Monday, the developers announced the two have partnered for the first phase of the area’s new vision.

Anticipated to break ground in 2024 and slated to open to residents in 2026, the first phase will include the construction of 550 luxury apartment homes that will be integrated with the shopping center via a one-acre “town green” for residents, visitors and shoppers — as well as introduce a “Main Street” outdoor district featuring restaurants and everyday conveniences and services.

The development will also include significant community and sustainability features such as new parks and greenspaces, green building construction, upgraded connectivity to public transportation networks, electric vehicle charging stations and the restoration of a section of the beloved local Sprout Brook.

“Our bold vision for Westfield Garden State Plaza is about transforming the shopping center into a true town center where the local community can come together to live, shop, work and play,” Geoff Mason, executive vice president, U.S. development, design & operating management, URW, said.

The development is an example of URW’s broader strategy to transform shopping centers into multifaceted mixed-use lifestyle destinations, while further enhancing their contribution to the economic, social and cultural vitality of the local communities they serve.

One of the world’s premier shopping destinations, Westfield Garden State Plaza is a 2.1 million-square-foot flagship destination anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s and AMC Theatres. In addition to being home to the world’s top luxury brands, also it also delivers a dynamic mix of retail, dining and entertainment with the additions of Eddie V’s, Season’s 52, Pinstripes, Nerf Action Xperience and more.