Lackawanna Village Phase One: 10 Lackawanna

Peapack & Gladstone, NJ

The introduction of Peapack & Gladstone’s highly anticipated Lackawanna Village begins with Phase One: the adaptive reuse of 10 Lackawanna. Originally built in 1952 by prominent local resident Garner Ferris Hill, the “International Building” served the rural community and surrounding area as G. F. Hill & Co.’s very successful International Harvester farm machinery business. However, by 1980, as many local farms shifted from agricultural to residential developments and equestrian pursuits, the once-bustling business slowed and eventually ceased operations. Following years of vacancy, the building became home to Beval Saddlery and warehouse, founded by Bev Walter and Al Merrill (hence the name). Aided by the presence of the US Equestrian Team’s nearby Hamilton Farm headquarters, Beval’s became a regional and worldwide institution until new ownership and financial mismanagement led to its closing in 2018.

Today, Melillo Equities is committed to preserving and upgrading the decaying structure while retaining its sense of time and place within Peapack & Gladstone’s historic downtown district. Brick columns and deep cornices, reminiscent of a vintage train station, offer a subtle nod to the origins of its Lackawanna Avenue address. Exterior entrances provide direct access to six front-facing retail spaces, while a wide and welcoming entrance hall leads to three rear suites. The building’s original high ceilings and large fenestrations flood each suite with natural light, creating a bright and inviting atmosphere.

Overall design blends the historic charm of original architectural elements with a decidedly modern aesthetic. Flexible, dynamic retail spaces at 10 Lackawanna, ranging from 750 to 850 square feet, offer an ideal starting point for aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking a unique, meaningful, and accessible setting. Through this approach we aim to make 10 Lackawanna a hub for diverse ventures, from cozy cafes to boutique shops, embodying the spirit of local entrepreneurship and bolstering Peapack & Gladstone Borough’s Main Street commerce.

As always, we are grateful to W. Barry Thomson for generously providing his extensive knowledge of local and family history.