The transformation of one of northern New Jersey’s most iconic industrial properties, the historic Marcal Paper property, which was destroyed by a fire in 2019, is now complete, according to a Monday announcement from Crow Holdings Development.
CHD announced the delivery of 25 Market St. in Elmwood Park, a 207,000-square-foot, Class A building. It was redeveloped by CHD in partnership with Atlas Holdings, which owns Marcal Paper, and worked closely with local stakeholders to create a distinctive design for the historic site.
Located with high visibility and direct access from Interstate 80, the brick façade and black window mullions were inspired by the former, 90-year-old warehouse. Large, translucent glass accent light boxes on the building’s exterior marry the classic elements with modern design and pay homage to the neon “Marcal” sign that long served as a local landmark.
“Everyone involved understood the value of this property and what finding its new best-and-highest use would mean for the community,” Clark Machemer, Crow Holdings Development’s senior managing director, said. “The fact that we have been able to bring this building online just five years after the fire is a tribute to Marcal and to the borough of Elmwood Park, which provided tremendous support for this effort to revitalize the area and stimulate economic growth.”
The JLL team of Ignatius Armenia, Rob Kossar, Chris Hile, Ryan Milanaik and David Knee is serving as exclusive leasing agent for 25 Market St.
“This state-of-the-art facility checks every box for meeting current demand in the northern New Jersey marketplace,” Armenia said. “At just over 200,000 square feet, 25 Market St. is the ideal size for a variety of end-users seeking the best features of modern warehouse design and unparalleled access to the area’s extensive regional highway network.”
The single-story, energy-efficient building features build-to-suit office space; ceiling heights with up to 40 feet of clearance; 56 trailer stalls; 32 exterior loading docks; two drive-in doors; and a parking lot capable of accommodating 200 vehicles. The property is further distinguished by its visibility and proximity to a confluence of major roadways, immediately off a four-way interchange of I-80 and offering exceptional access to the Garden State Parkway, and routes 46, 21 and 3.
“The completion of this development fulfills our desire to see the property destroyed by the fire continue to benefit our borough, our county and our state for many years to come,” Rob Baron, CEO and president of Marcal Paper, which still operates adjacent to 25 Market St., said. “We are grateful that, in just a few years, what was once the site of a terrible event has been transformed into a new economic development opportunity for our community. We look forward to welcoming new neighbors to this incredible spot in New Jersey.”