Beginning of the brewery and climbing gym at the historic Walker House in Newark, New Jersey
Newark’s historic Walker House at 540 Broad Street now houses a local brewery and 22,000 square foot indoor climbing gym, the latest phase of a multi-million dollar redevelopment plan led by LMXD, Prudential Financial Inc. and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group. Located in the heart of downtown, Newark Local Beer and Method Climbing + Fitness sits under 20 floors of rentals that debuted in 2020.
Method Climbing + Fitness, the first indoor climbing gym in Newark, occupies the upper and lower levels of Walker House and includes the gym, retail space and cafe. The gymnasium includes 12,000 square feet of climbing terrain, nearly 8,000 square feet of bouldering terrain with 15-foot high walls and over 4,000 square feet of ropes terrain with 30-foot high walls .
Newark Local Beer occupies 6,300 square feet on the ground floor and offers a variety of craft beers, light fare, gaming space and large private event space.
“Downtown Newark can be seen as a destination where people come to eat, socialize and have unique experiences,” said Jake Pine, principal at LMXD, a subsidiary of L+M Development Partners. “We are thrilled to welcome Newark Local Beer and Method to Walker House and are thrilled to see the immense impact they will have in transforming this historic gem into a vibrant and engaging destination for a fun, physically challenging, relaxing beer , or both .”
The historic 1929 Art Deco building is one of the largest commercial residential conversions in the city and now features 211 units and a full suite of residential amenities, including a fitness center, yoga studio, gym, library lounge, a private catering kitchen and dining room, a games room, storage spaces and a crowned roof terrace with outdoor cooking areas.
The conversion was led by English Architecture & Engineering and CetraRuddy.
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