Client: Dixie Commons
Architect: NK Architect
Size: 600,000 sf
Serfass Construction has been hired to perform Construction Managment services on the new $60,000,000.00 Dixie Commons project. The project consists of 240 high end appartment units and 100,000 sf of retail / office use. The project is set to begin Q1 2016.
____Article from GlobeSt.com
Timing is Right for Redevelopment
SOURCE: NK Architects
Part 1 of 3
CHICAGO—In celebration of GlobeSt.com’s 15thanniversary coverage, we asked CORFAC International president Scott Savacool about the topic of development, redevelopment and adaptive reuse on older buildings. He tells GlobeSt.com that it is a major trend these days, and in fact, points out that it is happening all over the country.
In fact, he points out that three CORFAC firms are currently involved in three major redevelopmentand conversion projects that are bringing to life some older and historic commercial properties in their respective communities.
Lehigh Valley, PA: Michael Bartolacci with The Garibaldi Group/CORFAC International(Bethlehem, PA) is working with developer Glendon Properties in Wilson Borough on the massive redevelopment of the former Dixie Cup plant, a 600,000-square-foot, four-story property.
The building was constructed in 1921 for what became the largest cup manufacturing company for decades in the U.S. When complete, Dixie Commons – as the project is now called, will consist of 233 upscale apartment homes in one-bedroom, two-bedroom and studio configurations plus 141,200 square feet of commercial and retail space. Bartolacci was tapped to market the office space.
Joseph Reibman, the president of Glendon Properties and also the Managing Partner for the limited partnership that owns the property, has been involved with the Dixie Cup plant for more than 30 years. The plant structure features poured-in-place concrete-slabs with nine-inch thick walls and floors.
The Dixie Cup Corporation merged with the American Can Company in 1957 and by the late 1970s Dixie relocated its manufacturing to a new facility in the Easton, PA, area. In the 1980s, Reibman and his partners acquired and leased the Dixie building to a third-party logistics provider for use as a warehouse/distribution center. Major customers were ALPO Pet Foods (cans), Mobil Chemical’s (now Pactiv) consumer products division and Hefty (trash bags) for distribution throughout the East Coast. Yet demand for multi-story properties for logistics operators lost favor to the single-story industrial buildings with generous ceiling heights that are commonly used by distribution companies today.
Reibman tells GlobeSt.com that the timing is right for the redevelopment and the market demand is high for this type of mixed-use property.
“We were approached by an investor/developer in 2006 to sell the building – they had plans to convert the building to apartments then, but the financing market disappeared with the recession. Our property is only 60 miles to New York City, we have major employers nearby and 11 colleges and universities in the area. Approximately 25,000 people from the Lehigh Valley commute to work – many of them to Manhattan, and they are generally good-paying jobs. Wilson Borough and neighboring Easton can certainly support new housing and there is also good demand for office space here,” Reibman said.
Reibman is currently working on financing the $70 million to $80 million redevelopment and gathering final bids for environmental work (the concrete columns were painted with lead-based paint and most of the plumbing was wrapped in asbestos). He hopes to have the environmental work done by the end of the year and renovate the exterior of the building all at once including the installation of new windows. The apartments and office space will be built out in phases beginning in 2016. Part of the project calls for removing sections of roofing to open up courtyards in between building wings, which will also allow for copious amounts of light to enter the future apartments. The apartments and office space will have oversized windows and ceiling heights between 12 feet and 14 feet, according to Reibman. The ground floor retail areas have not been leased, though Reibman believes that a restaurant operator will likely want some of the space, and there are tentative plans for a wine bar.
NK Architects of Morristown, NJ, and New York City are the project architects.
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Wilson Borough firefighters rescue
woman from burning car at Phillipsburg gas station
Published: Friday, March
30, 2012, 1:29 PM Updated: Friday, March 30, 2012, 8:56 PM
By Tony Rhodin |
Wilson Borough firefighter Mark Cooke, who was stopped Friday morning at the traffic
light in Phillipsburg’s Union Square, saw a car burning in the adjacent US gas
station. Cooke and firefighter Charlie Wacik rushed to help a woman out of the
car, according to Phillipsburg Fire Chief Rich Hay
Off-duty Wilson Borough
firefighters Mark Cooke and Charlie Wacik were waiting late this morning at the
traffic light on South Main Street in Phillipsburg
when they saw smoke coming from a car at the adjacent US Gas station.
Cooke initially thought it was just car exhaust. Instead it was a car fire
that, as it quickly grew, began to panic people at the station.
The friends pulled into the lot as smoke from the car — parked at a pump —
“I saw there’s a lady still in it,” Cooke said shortly
afterward, adding he was shocked. “I’m like, ‘We’ve got to get her out
The pair pulled the elderly woman out of the car unharmed but shook up, he
said. She was checked out by an emergency medical services crew.
“We got her out of the car just in time,” he
The first call on the fire came in at 11:16 a.m. Phillipsburg
fire Chief Rich Hay said the fire was caused by mechanical issues with the car.
The car fire was just smoky at first, but then the Wilson Borough firefighters
saw flames, Cooke said
Cooke said he and Wacik, who both live in Wilson, used chemical fire
extinguishers from the borough station and Cooke’s car to keep the fire under
control until Phillipsburg firefighters arrived. They also made sure the gas
pumps were turned off.
The off-duty firefighters had no protective gear in the car, but Cooke said
that didn’t matter.
“We just sprung into action and did our thing,” Cooke,
39. said. “It is what we’re trained to do. We don’t really think about
Cooke said the entire endeavor was just “standard
“We’re just glad to be able to make sure she was OK,” he
Phillipsburg police also
aided in keeping the fire from getting out of control, Cooke said.
Hay, the town fire chief, said he did not have the woman’s name to release.
Town police did not respond to calls for comment.
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