Multifamily community The Vale opens in Allendale (slideshow)

With 70 units, multifamily community The Vale made its debut in Allendale this week.

Executives from The Hampshire Cos., RHO, Allendale Mayor Amy Wilczynski and borough officials celebrated with a Feb. 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony at the property, located at 220 W. Crescent Ave.

Plans for The Vale were announced exactly one year ago.

The community features one- and two-bedroom floorplans with quartz countertops and mosaic tile backsplashes, soft close custom cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, luxury plank flooring and 9-foot ceilings. Additionally, select residences offer balconies as well as dens, which could serve as home offices.

Amenities at The Vale include a clubroom and lounge, fitness center and 9,460-square-foot outdoor courtyard.

Hasbrouck Heights-based DMR Architects provided design for the project.

James E. Hanson, president and CEO of The Hampshire Cos., speaks during the Feb. 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Vale in Allendale. - PROVIDED BY THE HAMPSHIRE COS.
James E. Hanson, president and CEO of The Hampshire Cos., speaks during the Feb. 7 ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Vale in Allendale. “The completion of The Vale underscores our focus on serving as a trusted partner to municipalities, leveraging our experience to create spaces that truly meet the needs of their community,” he said. – PROVIDED BY THE HAMPSHIRE COS.

“The completion of The Vale underscores our focus on serving as a trusted partner to municipalities, leveraging our experience to create spaces that truly meet the needs of their community,” said James E. Hanson, president and CEO of The Hampshire Cos. “By recognizing the untapped potential within these properties, we have created a hub for thriving businesses within Allendale while also establishing a place that residents can be proud to call home.”

The big plan

The project is the latest for The Hampshire Cos. in the Bergen County municipality. In 2019, Allendale named the Morristown-based firm redeveloper of the 10-acre property. Its work to create a multi-use plan for the site spans three mayoral administrations (Wilczynski, Mayor Emeritus Vincent Barra and former Mayor Liz White).

Along with The Vale, that strategy includes a completely renovated, 114,000-square-foot warehouse located on the property adjacent to it (230 W. Crescent St.), which The Hampshire Cos. acquired from the Borough of Allendale in 2021.

The final component is a 10,000-square-foot community center that is due this fall. The building is located directly in front of The Vale and, according to the Borough, is connected to it. Allendale’s website indicates it will own the community center as well as the land that occupies.

In the final update on the project site, from Wilczynski in August 2023, the mayor wrote that officials were “very fortunate to have only 70 units at this site. The Borough acquired the entire property from a Brooklyn based developer who was known to build high density housing.”

She attributed that to Allendale’s status as “one of only 6 municipalities out of 566, who received certifications for all 3 rounds for Fair Share Housing (formally called Mt Laurel and COAH).”

The Vale is less than a half mile from downtown Allendale. For a breath of fresh air, the 71-acre Crestwood Park (which features three lake beaches) and the 107-acre freshwater nature preserve, The Celery Farm, are within walking distance of the community.

The location also offers regional connectivity via Interstate 287 and the Garden State Parkway. The Waldwick train station is also nearby.

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Author: Jessica Perry