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Construction begins on new upscale rental community in Rahway

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A joint venture by three New Jersey residential developers — AST Development, Sterling Properties and Heartstone Development — today announced the start of construction at Metro Rahway, a rental community of 116 upscale residences across from the Rahway train station.

The project will transform a former industrial site into a transit-oriented development in walking distance to shopping, restaurants and the arts.

On 1.6 acres along Campbell Street, Metro Rahway will be a four-story building with a mix of one- and two-bedroom residences featuring 9-foot ceilings and ceramic-tiled kitchens.

"People are looking for the type of community where they can walk to everything, and that's what this will be," said Rosanne Brooks, Sterling Properties' director of sales and marketing. "It will attract people who are commuting into Manhattan and empty nesters looking to downsize who need a little bit of convenience."

She said Metro Rahway should be complete and ready to begin leasing in late spring of 2014. The rental rates have not yet been set.

The train station serves NJ Transit's North Jersey Coast and Northeast Corridor lines to midtown Manhattan. Other Metro Rahway amenities include a fitness studio and clubroom with WiFi.

"Metro Rahway will embrace the rich culture and lively arts scene of its home city," said AST Development Project Executive Shane Soranno. "We look forward to cutting the ribbon on what will surely be a transformative development for the city of Rahway."

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Beth Fitzgerald

Beth Fitzgerald

Beth Fitzgerald reports on health care, small business and higher education. She joined NJBIZ in 2008 after a 34-year career at the Star-Ledger and has been reporting on business in New Jersey since 1978. Her email is beth@njbiz.com and she is @bethfitzgerald8 on Twitter.

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