by ellen shaughnessy, Happy New Year! Jan. 5, 2019
Free Bridge Realty listed some exciting brand new gleaming residential rentals on s. Main St. in Phillipsburg… When I first stepped inside these, it was so thrilling to see that a local investor would go to these lengths to create sophisticated modern rentals in Phillipsburg with nice high-end finishes like ceramic tile, stone counters, high-end appliances, new engineered wood floors, dedicated laundry, and motion-lit hallways with exposed brick and soaring 13′ ceilings… not all landlords invest in hiring an architect to see a renovation vision through properly.
Urban Chic! These residential units with exposed brick are at 518 s. Main St. and we also quickly rented 2 other beautiful new 2 bedroom rentals at 338 s. Main St. It was an uplifting experience to hear that these fresh new mod residences in downtown Phillipsburg are the enduring vision of my friend Will Dohe, an inspired friend and architect who sadly passed unexpectedly at 53, just before the holidays.
Two more modern-chic brand new 2 bedroom units were rented this spring, at 511 s. Main St. This detached brick building has a massive 2500 sq.ft. street-level space that is gutted and unfinished – awaiting your new business and perhaps even new home / or 3rd residential rental unit off the back. 511 s. Main St. mixed-use property is in the opportunity zone and is listed for sale at $285,000. Let your tenants help pay the mortgage here!
The ‘before and after’ is quite stunning in these two buildings. The former St. James convent at 518 so. Main st. now boasts six hip, and nothing short of heavenly top-notch residential units. Four of these feature a dedicated outdoor space, and each unit gets a parking space or two out back. 338 s. Main features a gorgeous retail/office space on the street level and is located in the UEZ (Urban Enterprise Zone), which offers some nice tax incentives to the business owner/their customers. Phillipsburg NJ has now also been named as one of the 13 cities in NJ as a NJ Opportunity Zone – this offers accepted new business entrepreneurs a nice 15% lease reimbursement incentive.
Across the street you will find a tried and true handy casual eatery that has been voted best breakfast & buffet by the 99.9 The Hawk, and #2 best burger in Warren County, on nj.com: Sullivan on the Main.
But wait – there’s more! As I hung out on the sidewalk near these gorgeous new rentals I chatted with a few local folks. We all notice a quiet but sure movement afoot, along Main St. There are a few more new boutique businesses quietly sprouting up along the Main corridor of downtown Phillipsburg.
Eureka! There are more encouraging signs of a Phoenix rising here on Main Street. This is a plant-based food restaurant that just opened in the handsome Mercantile space at 396 S Main St, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865. Phone: (844) 347-5268.
In addition to a Peruvian bodega along this stretch, there’s now more international flavor at new Mediterranean eatery: Greek Meat Guys. The restaurant looks very nice – haven’t been in yet but it’s definitely on this tzatziki fan’s list for a visit soon.
At 96 Sitgreaves St. just off Shappell Park you will now find a sweet new Around Again consignment shop with some higher-end merchandise for both men & women.
Hours are by appt, or on Wednesdays, Thurs, Fri. and every other Saturday: (908) 399-8268
Rumor has it that there’s an Invertase micro-brewery looking to open along Main St. in P’Burg too, at the former Everybody’s Gym space near the waterfront at 55 Broad St. – a neat spot JUST off Main St. as you come sailing down the NJ edge into town, along the Delaware River.
Many steadfast trailblazers such as Joe’s Steaks (since 1938!), Soma grill & bar, Free Bridge Liquors, Rocco’s Pizza, Ponzi’s tailor shop, Ice Cream Junction, and the Lock Doctor have withstood the test of time here on the east coast of the Delaware, while a few others have come & gone…
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….because we love living here, and so can you! sm
Check out these nice small business incentives in P’Burg:
- Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) Benefits * Pat Dragotta is the local contact
- NJ Opportunity Zone map / and NJ Opportunity Zone info
- NJ announces that Phillipsburg is one of 13 ‘lease-assistance’ cities, to encourage small business.