Somerset Development has purchased the former Bell Labs site in Holmdel, New Jersey, and plans to turn it into a $100 million multiuse facility. The company has enlisted the help of architect Alexander Gorlin to convert the Eero Saarinen-designed mirrored glass building, which, at the height of its use, housed more than 6,000 engineers and researchers who paved the way for the digital age.
Somerset’s plans for the property—built in 1962 and shuttered for the last six years—include 50,000 square feet of retail space, restaurants, a town library, hotel and conference center, and offices, according to the New York Times. The project will maintain its signature features, such as the five-story, quarter-mile-long atrium. The 473-acre site also calls for a healthcare center, new luxury homes, and a series of pedestrian trails and bike paths.
Somerset is currently working with Holmdel Township officials to finalize a formal site plan, which will outline in greater detail the specific components of the site’s redevelopment. For more information on the project, click here.