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Garden State Plaza to be transformed as a town center

One of America’s best-known enclosed malls is about to join the town center movement.

Westfield Garden State Plaza, a 62-year-old landmark of the Paramus, N.J., retail mega-complex, will be integrated into the surrounding community with three acres or reclaimed green space, a hotel, office space, and apartments.

The remake will include the restoration of Sprout Brook and the erection of a hockey rink.

“It’s a bold vision that will enhance Garden State Plaza’s role as a focal point in Bergen County. We’re poised for the next step in creating a true town square destination in northern New Jersey,” said Stephen Fluhr, a VP for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield.

Detailed plans will be released later this year for construction of the residential buildings in what is now the west parking lot, as well for as the reclamation of green space, according to URW.

“We want to take the time to listen and address our neighbors’ points of view. This is about community building,” said Fluhr.

The public park will be a centerpiece of the remade GSP and will lead to an open-air plaza and adjoining fields. Care will be taken in landscaping and aesthetics and the residential neighborhood will feature tree-lined streets and a promenade.

Work will begin soon on transforming three large vacant spaces into room for approximately 20 new retailers and additional premium dining options. URW said tenants will include new family entertainment offerings and health and fitness options.

GSP’s renovation is part of a URW’s state initiative to remake its centers based on three pillars: concentration, differentiation, and innovation.

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