NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A developer is planning to build a six-story apartment building on Bayard Street that will be marketed to urban professionals and millennials.

96-100 Bayard Street Associates, LCC, received preliminary and final site plan approval with variances from the Zoning Board on Monday night to move forward with plans to raze the existing two-story office building and construct the apartment building.

Arie Behar, the owner of the property, told the board that the building has been vacant for many years and that the demand for office space in the area is very low.

He said the rent for the 21 one-bedroom units will be about $2,100 a month and the rent for the five studio apartments will be about $1,600 a month.

The first floor of the apartment building will contain a vestibule, a lobby, trash and meter rooms, parking garage area and one studio apartment.

The other floors will have four one-bedroom apartments and one studio apartment each.

The existing office space in the attached four-story atrium will be retained.

The developer agreed to provide 24 total parking spaces, of which nine will be restricted for use by residents during predetermined hours. Twelve spaces will be provided for residents on the premises, and three more will be reserved for residents in the nearby Wellness Parking Deck.

Plans to redevelop the site go back to 2012, when Behar received approval from the city to construct a three-story addition. The Zoning Board later approved an application to retain the existing two-story structure and construct eight additional stories for a project containing 36 apartment units.

The building on Bayard near the corner of Joyce Kilmer Avenue is just a block away from the Middlesex County Courthouse and City Hall. In the other direction, it’s within walking distance of the health care corridor on Somerset Street, including Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. The train station would also be a short walk away.

The apartment is slated to be built with a reddish brick façade, faux patios and LED lighting for safety.