BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP, PA—In the two years since breaking ground, The Kushner Real Estate Group and The Silverman Group have transformed a former farm site into the largest privately owned mixed-use development in Pennsylvania, with shops and restaurants, and they’ve just completed leasing in the third building of luxury apartments in the community.
“The site was brought to us about five years ago, and we were attracted to it because of its proximity to New Jersey,” Jonathan Kushner, president of Kushner Real Estate Group, tells GlobeSt.com exclusively. “It’s 70 miles from Manhattan, and there’s a real workforce base that’s already out there. The area is booming as far as industry is concerned, a lot of companies have located out there. We just believe in the area as a growth neighborhood.”
Kushner says his firm didn’t want to do a small-scale development in the market. When the 100-acre farm that is now Madison Farms became available, he says, “we were immediately attracted to it because it was a size where we could really build a community and attract retailers, attract apartment dwellers, attract homeowners. We’re basically building a project that’s got all three.”