As anyone driving by can tell, progress is steady at the construction site of The Parker, a new three story, 31-unit apartment complex at the corner of West Broad Street and Rahway Avenue. The new building replaced the Westfield Auto Wash and the adjacent two buildings facing Rahway Avenue. Designed by Potter Architects, LLC, The Parker is the latest transit-oriented development and includes 18 one-bedroom units, 12 two-bedroom units and one three-bedroom unit, all with ground floor parking. Five of the rentals will be designated as affordable housing units.

Construction is also underway at Circle Plaza at the former Pan American Cleaners, which will feature 30 residential units with 5 affordable housing units and 7,000 square feet of commercial space.

These buildings in Downtown Westfield promise to bring new rental options and foot traffic to our downtown commercial district. The Parker and Circle Plaza are conveniently located within easy walking distance to the train and bus stations, and offers great appeal for a wide variety of renters -- including young professionals, empty nesters, and single parents who want to remain in the area.