Jefferson Art Walk

Jefferson Art Walk is a creative vision for revitalizing an abandoned industrial neighborhood.

SYA was engaged to create the master plan for the revitalization of a blighted 12-block industrial and residential neighborhood that was once the hat manufacturing capital of the world. The developer team sought to capitalize on the growing desire for vibrant walking communities that are multi-use, combining live, work, commercial and cultural spaces along with open pedestrian and green space, as well as direct access to mass transit. Located in Orange, New Jersey along the NJ Transit train line to Newark and New York City, the goal was the creation of an arts-themed transit village that would attract artists from gentrifying neighborhoods in New York and Jersey City as well as local residents seeking affordable market rate housing.

The central idea was an exciting “Art Walk” street, including new low rise buildings comprised of street level artist live-work units and commercial space with market rate apartments above and select factory buildings modified for artist lofts or parking. An adjacent nearby covered stream is daylighted to create a linear green wetland that offers a variety of recreational amenities while also managing flood plain conditions. The project involved remediation of brownfield conditions created by the old factories throughout the site. This scheme resulted in the client being selected as the designated developer for the site by the City of Orange.

Aerial View Looking Northeast
Aerial View Looking Northeast

Existing Conditions

Abandoned hat factory building and decaying small commercial and residential structures
Abandoned hat factory building and decaying small commercial and residential structures

Typical Residential Buildings

New Apartment Building, Ground Floor Plan
New Apartment Building, Ground Floor Plan
New Apartment Building, Typical Floor Plan
New Apartment Building, Typical Floor Plan
New Apartment Building, Jefferson Art Walk, South Elevation
New Apartment Building, Jefferson Art Walk, South Elevation
New Apartment Building, Jefferson Art Walk, North Elevation
New Apartment Building, Jefferson Art Walk, North Elevation
Typical Apartment Building Section
Typical Apartment Building Section
Section Through Apartment Building Entry and Stairwell
Section Through Apartment Building Entry and Stairwell

Live/Work Unit

Artist work space with "garage" doors opening onto Jefferson Art Walk
Artist work space with "garage" doors opening onto Jefferson Art Walk
Typical Live/Work Unit (left) with 2 Bedroom Transformation (right)
Typical Live/Work Unit (left) with 2 Bedroom Transformation (right)

2 Bedroom Residence

Typical 2 Bedroom Apartment Unit
Typical 2 Bedroom Apartment Unit

Townhouses

Townhouses Ground Floor Plan
Townhouses Ground Floor Plan
Townhouse Typical Unit Plan
Townhouse Typical Unit Plan