On Tuesday, October 13, 2015, Mayor Alberto G. Santos and Town Council Members Marytrine De Castro, Albino Cardoso, Jonathan Giordano, Richard Konopka, Eileen Eckel, Carol Jean Doyle and Susan McCurrie attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Vermella Crossing, a new residential developing consisting of 150 one and two bedroom apartments. Built by Russo Development, Vermella Crossing is a component of a new mixed-use community located at the intersection of Schuyler and Bergen Avenues in Kearny that also includes a CVS Pharmacy and an Investors Bank.
Twelve years earlier, a large empty factory occupied all of the site. The Mayor and Town Council designated the area, as well as other former industrial properties along Passaic Avenue, as redevelopment areas for new residential and retail uses. Mayor Santos, who was involved in the planning process, explained, "We saw these sites as having much untapped potential because of their proximity to thriving residential neighborhoods, retail services, job and university centers in Newark, Jersey City and Manhattan, and because Kearny is a community that provides good municipal services."
Russo Development invested nearly $30 million in the Vermella Crossing project. That amount includes the purchase of the site, demolition of the factory, ground work to raise the site’s elevation, construction of 150 apartments with features such as quartz kitchen countertops and hardwood floors, repaving a portion of Bergen Avenue, and making a contribution of $400,000 to the Town’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The amenities of the residential complex also include a state-of-the-art fitness center, patio and grill area, and a dog park.
Photos by Barbara Goldberg