A place to gather and socialize for the local community

The restoration of the community’s Sprout Book creek will be a focus point of the GSP vision for the future, as will the inclusion of a seasonal hockey rink, welcoming public plazas, and new neighborhood community gardens.

The multi-faceted GSP neighborhood will also become a local hub for events and entertainment, including everything from outdoor concerts to festivals where everyone in the local community can come together to meet up with family and friends.

“This is about community building. Garden State Plaza’s new public park will be a centerpiece and lead to an open-air plaza and adjoining fields, and the destination’s new residential neighborhood will feature tree-lined streets and outdoor promenade. Even though we’re at the very start of this project, we’re incredibly excited to build something based on community feedback that can become the commercial and cultural heart of Bergen County.”

-- Stephen Fluhr, Westfield Garden State Plaza’s VP of Development

Sustainable Development is a Key Priority

Particular attention will be paid to easing traffic flow in the new GSP neighborhood, aided by a new parking deck replacing ground-level parking near the busy intersection of Routes 4 and 17, as well as a new public transportation hub better connected into the residential, commercial and retail districts.

“We understand and appreciate that residents of Paramus and neighboring towns are concerned about congestion, so traffic and accessibility are key in planning as is the inclusion of public open space. We are part of the community and we want to be good neighbors and enhance the quality of life for all residents. There will be something for everyone to enjoy here, from famers markets, concerts and festivals to ice skating.”

-- Stephen Fluhr, Westfield Garden State Plaza’s VP of Development

New Retail Destinations

Over the past year, a dozen new retailers have opened at the center during this period of transformation, including Warby Parker, Rituals, Morphe, Charles Tyrwhitt, Innisfree, Tomato & Co, Sugarfina, Nespresso, Bar Louie, Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Fabletics and Saje Natural Wellness to name a few.

The next phase of GSP’s continuing evolution is set to kick off shortly with the conversion of three bigger stores – the former JCPenney, Best Buy and Uniqlo spaces – into room for up to 20 new shops, premium dining options, family entertainment offerings and cutting-edge health and fitness studios.

Permanent Art Collection

Westfield Garden State Plaza has also recently been delighted to introduce its new permanent contemporary art collection, featuring work by cutting-edge New York and global Artists including Hugo McCloudMariko MoriLos Carpinteros, and Jose Davila.

The artwork will be permanently displayed at the center, with a complementary program of community events, tours and artist talks and events occurring on an ongoing basis – giving the community its very own art and culture program.

Technology Integration

Over the past year, Westfield Garden State Plaza has also completed a series of major technology and digital upgrades, including the addition of energy-efficient lighting improvements throughout the center and in parking areas, new common area heating and cooling systems, state-of-the-art digital media screens, security operations enhancements and a comprehensive upgrade of the IT infrastructure including improved Wi-Fi, wayfinding/beacon technology and communication, music systems and digital services for retailers.

An Abiding Commitment to Community

Westfield Garden State Plaza has been a long-term partner in the local community, and throughout the greater Bergen County region. Our commitment to giving back to the local community includes, but is not limited to, playing a lead sponsorship role in the annual Paramus July 4th Fireworks Celebration, various Paramus school initiatives, and raising funds for the victims of the East Brook Middle School Bus crash in 2018.