Medical Center Drives Growth

A development project by St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center is transforming the hospital campus and the neighborhood beyond. Highlights of the $250-million, multi-year project include a new critical care tower, 20,000 square feet of retail space along Main Street, and a 1,200-car parking structure.

But that’s just the start, says Kenneth Morris Jr., the medical center’s director of government affairs. A 14-story, 130-room hotel, likely either a Hyatt or Hilton, is planned to adjoin the hospital complex, he reports—the first new hotel to be constructed in Paterson in more than 30 years. Meanwhile, a former warehouse on Cortland Street is being converted into condominium units, and a 100,000-square-foot complex designed to mix office, residential, and commercial use is taking shape nearby.

The construction all falls within a designated Healthcare Enterprise Zone, with St. Joseph’s serving as the master developer overseeing the projects. The impact of the historic undertaking—the largest in the hospital’s history—is multifaceted, bringing a new state-of-the-art critical care facility plus new jobs in construction, retail, and health care to the people of Northern New Jersey