Meridia Grand sold for $19 million

Barely two years after properties were razed to make way for the the 88-unit Meridia Grand, the five-story rental complex has sold for $19 million. The sale (Block 379, Lot 2.01) closed Oct. 25 and the buyer was listed as a West Hempstead, N.Y.-based entity called 3101-15 Ave. I, LLC.

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The seller, Capodagli Property Company, last week gained approval for a 108-unit rental project, Meridia Water’s Edge, to be built adjacent to the city library. City Council will vote tonight on awarding a PILOT (Payment In Lieu Of Taxes) to the project. The Pompton Plains-based developer also is negotiating to take over the foreclosed Savoy project at Main and Monroe streets.

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The Meridia Grand, which was named Renaissance at Rahway throughout the planning process, is assessed for $5.362 million and paid about $31,000 in property taxes last year. Apartments started leasing last summer.

Renaissance at Rahway originally had been planned as a 72-unit condo development but that was changed in 2008 to 64 rental units, before bumping the total to its present 88. The plan originally also called for developing the entire triangle block but one property owner declined to sell. The project also eliminated a stretch of Montgomery Street from East Grand Avenue to Monroe Street.