The Sheraton Mahwah Hotel, a prominent fixture along I-287 near the Rockland border, is set to make way for two colossal warehouses. The 22-story hotel, built in 1986 and covering 100 acres, will lay off its employees by December 15, citing a shift in demand towards warehousing.
The surge in online shopping and rapid delivery services has led to a booming trend in warehousing, reshaping the landscape in Bergen and Rockland counties and beyond. Plans for the two warehouses, one spanning 500,000 square feet and the other 1 million square feet, are currently under review by the township’s planning board.
This transition mirrors similar transformations in neighboring areas, including the Novartis campus in the Village of Suffern, a 1.2 million square feet distribution warehousing project, and a 220,000 square-foot warehouse under construction in Clarkstown.
The shift from the hotel to industrial warehouses aligns with the town’s redevelopment efforts to meet affordable housing obligations. The Sheraton’s owners, initially opposing the redevelopment, have now reached an undisclosed settlement with Crossroads Development Corp.
As the demand for warehousing continues to grow, the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel’s iconic presence will soon give way to a new era of industrial and commercial development.