Advance Realty has unveiled plans for a new European-style hotel in Harrison, where the firm has been developing its mixed-use Riverbend District as part of the town’s waterfront redevelopment effort.The Bridgewater-based developer said it will build the 85,000-square-foot AC Hotel by Marriott, which will include 150 suites, a bar and lounge and other amenities. It also will include more than 4,300 square feet of retail and restaurant space that Advance said will supplement the other residential, retail and office space that it’s developing in the 35-acre district.
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“The addition of AC Hotels by Marriott to the Riverbend District will be a key component in the continued development and enhancement of a dynamic destination in Harrison,” Peter Cocoziello, president of Advance Realty, said in a prepared statement. “The AC Hotel will benefit area corporations by accommodating business travel and will add to the variety of dining and entertainment options for Riverbend residents and visitors.”
Earlier this year, Advance Realty and its joint venture partner, DeBartolo Development, said they will develop 1,000 luxury apartments and 20,000 square feet of retail space on three blocks within the district. The area already houses the 25,000-seat Red Bull Arena and the nearby PATH station that is undergoing a major reconstruction by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
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The Riverbend District sits within Harrison’s 250-acre waterfront redevelopment zone, which encompasses 32 percent of the town’s 1.2 square miles and is across the Passaic River from downtown Newark. The ambitious redevelopment effort in the blue collar Hudson County town goes back nearly 20 years, attracted a team of high-profile builders but facing delays including the real estate downturn.
AC Hotels is one of Marriott’s 19 brands worldwide, with more than 75 locations in Europe, according to a news release. The brand’s first U.S. hotel debuted in New Orleans in November, and Marriott said it plans to open new locations in Kansas City’s Westport neighborhood and in Miami Beach.
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