Main Street North Brunswick, a transit village, is under active and continuing construction along Route 1 North on the former 200-acre Johnson & Johnson property. The mixed-use development will feature residential living units, retail stores, commercial office space, restaurants, and a hotel.
Grand openings for Costco and Target were held in 2014. The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille opened in 2017, becoming its first location in New Jersey. Panera Bread also held a grand opening in 2017. The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel opened in 2019. One hundred townhome residences at The Heights at Main Street were built and are fully occupied.
Shake Shack opened its first drive-thru location in New Jersey in January 2024 at Main Street North Brunswick.
Construction has begun on the second phase of housing at the site which will consist of 50 apartment units and about 9,900 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor on Main Street facing Route 1.
North Brunswick Train Station
The North Brunswick Train Station will bring a new train stop to Middlesex County along the Northeast Corridor, providing numerous benefits, including substantial relief to one of the state’s busiest rail lines, reducing traffic along Route 1, and attracting new revenue to the region. The New Jersey State Legislature allocated $50 million for the train station project through the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund (NJTTF) and in late 2019, the Middlesex County Improvement Authority (MCIA) was tasked with managing the project, a first-of-its-kind partnership between NJ TRANSIT and a county.
In 2020, the MCIA officially entered into this partnership with NJ TRANSIT through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which permits the MCIA to serve as the project manager overseeing the design and construction of the project. Under this agreement, the MCIA will coordinate input from NJ TRANSIT, AMTRAK, New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), Middlesex County, and the local developer.
In 2021, a significant step forward in the development of the train station was made when WSP USA was selected as the design and engineering consultant for the project and given formal notice to proceed. The MCIA and NJ TRANSIT subsequently reached a preliminary consensus regarding the conceptual location and configuration of the station platform for the project.
In February 2023, the MCIA achieved a significant design milestone with formal approval by NJ TRANSIT of 10% of the concept design.
With the announcement of NJ TRANSIT’s approval, Middlesex County shared a new concept rendering of the North Brunswick Train Station, along with a dedicated project webpage. The webpage on the County’s website is to ensure community stakeholders are kept up-to-date and informed of project milestones as they are reached.
“Our residents have been anxiously awaiting the new train station,” said Mayor Francis ‘Mac’ Womack. “As the project progresses, it’s important to be as transparent as possible and keep the public engaged and informed. The dedicated webpage will be a great tool to provide regular updates.”