With tremendous support from Mayor Steven Fulop and a room filled with clients and colleagues, the evening signified a milestone for MHS Architects and celebrated a professional achievement for its founder, Dean Marchetto, FAIA with his recent elevation to the college of Fellows in the American Institute of Architects.
With much excitement and anticipation, Dean Marchetto, founding principal of Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects, hosted a grand opening of the firm’s new office at 35 Journal Square, Jersey City on November 1, 2016. Among colleagues and clients which included Mill Creek Residential, Bijou Properties, Fields Development, Liberty Harbor North Development Associates, Amerestate Holdings, and Roseland Property Company in attendance, Mayor Steven Fulop provided the ribbon cutting with Councilwoman at Large, Joyce Watterman and Deputy Mayor, Marcos Vigil by his side while Dean Marchetto and Michael Higgins, who is one of two other principals of the firm, appreciatively and proudly looked on.
The grand opening night celebrated Dean Marchetto’s elevation to the American Institute of Architects’ prestigious College of Fellows, the growth of MHS Architects with the opening of a second office, and the incredible potential for the development of Journal Square and how proud MHS Architects is to be a part of its bright future. MHS Architects was part of the team that created the original vision for the new Journal Square Redevelopment Plan which was adopted by the City Council in 2010. Now the plan is becoming a reality and it is evident that Journal Square is changing. MHS’s 16 story design for the Hartz Mountain Journal Square 3 project is nearing completion along with KRE’s 50 stories Journal Squared. The 1 Journal Square project at 45 stories which has been approved and will begin construction right outside the window of MHS Architect’s Journal Square office. Altogether, there are 5 super high-rise buildings approved in the square as the redevelopment vision is coming to life.
“This is precisely why we are here. Journal Square is the historic center of Jersey City and the exciting transformation of this vibrant and vital neighborhood has already begun. We are particularly invested in its redevelopment so why not place ourselves right in the middle of it” said Dean Marchetto. The ripple effect is now spreading into McGinley Square, Bergen Hill, and the Marion neighborhood where MHS Architects has other exciting projects moving forward.
Jersey City is growing at a phenomenal rate due in no small part to the leadership of Mayor Fulop. Fulop said “I think we do a good job but ultimately, I think you do a great job and I don’t think we could do it without some of these partnerships. We are excited. This is the biggest validation we can get when somebody who is crucial to developing and planning the Square says ‘I not only want to plan it, but I want to put my employees here and be a part of it.’ We are really excited for the next phase of development in Jersey City.”
Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects PC, specializes in mixed-use multi-family residential projects designed to rebuild New Jersey’s downtowns with transit-oriented smart growth developments, and green sustainable architecture. With sustained growth and success over the past 35 years, Dean Marchetto, MHS Architects, and Jersey City continue to partner with some of the best real estate developers in the industry to design impactful multi-families and mixed-use buildings needed to supply the new demand for housing in Jersey City.