17 Division Street, Somerville, NJ
HEART OF DOWNTOWN SOMERVILLE
In 2010, Division Street in Somerville was a narrow street with extremely narrow sidewalks with virtually no foot traffic or business activity. While some saw it as a lost cause, Mayor Brian Gallagher saw the opportunity to create an Arts District. Division Street today is the jewel of Somerville, a pedestrian mall with Somerville Alliance programming drawing visitors into Somerville.
Likewise in 2010, the antique store that had occupied the entire first floor of 15-17 Division Street closed, a dance school on the second floor closed shortly thereafter and the third floor was largely unfinished. The 1960s era facade had all the charm of Soviet Moscow. 19-23 Division Street was a single story building with an unattractive 1950s era facade. 15-17 Division Street had been an early Model T Ford dealership, and, unbeknownst to anyone in 2010, the original stone facade was buried beneath the ugly exterior.
Phoenix 15-17 Division Street, L.L.C., an affiliate of A&B Construction & Maintenance Co., L.L.C., purchased 15-17 Division Street in 2010, and gutted the interior of the building as well as restoring the 1920s era stone facade. The second and third floors became 7 unique apartments, all with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, exposed brick, hardwood floors, and washer/dryer in each unit. 19-23 Divistion Street was acquired and the facade renovated shortly thereafter.
Division Street is in the heart of Downtown Somerville, running between Main Street and the New Jersey Transit Train Station with service to Newark and New York City. There is easy access to Route 287, Route 78, Route 202, Route 206 and Route 22.