The City of Trenton has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking a qualified developer or redevelopment team to rehabilitate the historic Old Eagle Tavern on South Broad Street.
The building is located in the Trenton Ferry Historic District and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1972. The site has been listed as endangered by the nonprofit group Preservation New Jersey since 1995.
In its call the city notes: “The City seeks to identify Respondents with the ability and capacity to lease, design, permit and commence redevelopment of the Old Eagle Tavern. The City is seeking proposals that incorporate any available use of the site with preference toward redevelopment as a Tavern/Brew Pub. The property is a historical site that served as a cornerstone of civic and economic life in the 18th and 19th centuries while operated as a restaurant, tavern, and hotel. The City seeks to lease the property based on a redevelopment plan that incorporates the preservation philosophy of rehabilitation and incorporates the recommendations of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
“Respondents may be eligible to receive tax credits in exchange for rehabilitating this historic property as made available through the New Jersey Historic Property Reinvestment Program. Please refer to the Historic Property Reinvestment Act of the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020, P.L. 2020, c. 156 and amendment P.L. 2021, c. 160 for more information. Respondents may also be eligible for funding through programs provided by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority.”
The RFP also offers a history of the site:
“The Old Eagle Tavern, located on South Broad Street at the corner of Ferry Street, is likely the oldest commercial structure remaining in the City of Trenton. Built in 1765, the property played a significant role in Trenton’s civic and economic life throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. The Tavern originally served as a home for Robert Waln, a U.S. Representative and early business-owner and industrialist in Trenton, until its conversion into a tavern in 1817. Since then, the property has gone through multiple renovations, serving as a restaurant, hotel, office space, and apartment space throughout its historic legacy.
“The property went largely underutilized throughout the 20th century. In 1965, the property was purchased by the City of Trenton and leased to the Trenton Historical Society. Numerous archaeological studies were conducted at the site during this period. In the 1980s, the property was renovated once again as a restaurant with a commercial kitchen and bar added to its lower and first floors, respectively. The Site was operated as a Tavern until the early 1990s. The property has remained vacant since then.
“The Old Eagle Tavern is a two and a half story structure, seven bays wide, with a porch running along the front and back of the building. The building’s main façade reflects its two major periods of construction with two doors and two chimneys. The main body is brick with a standing seam metal roof. The building sits at a busy intersection near the CURE Insurance Arena with routes to Princeton and Bordentown, providing the site immense potential for commercial success. The Old Eagle Tavern is a simple, charming, Georgian-styled building with a lasting legacy and impressive potential.”
Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information visit www.trentonnj.org/DocumentCenter/View/6848/Old-Eagle-Tavern-RFP.
Madeline Marie LaMothe, 93, on May 2. The longtime Hamilton resident was a teller for many years at National State Bank.
Carl H. Carabelli Sr. on April 27. He served 25 years as a New Jersey State Trooper, retiring as a Lieutenant in 1988. He was later appointed as head of the New Jersey Department of Education Office of Criminal History Review.
William Shanfield, 95, on April 27. In 1949, he built and took care of a motel on Route 1 called “The Windsor Tourist Cottages” while also working full time as a construction worker. He was elected business manager of Princeton’s union of laborers NA and worked as the Union’s representative on many projects including the Quaker Bridge Mall and Bristol Myers Squibb’s headquarters in Lawrenceville.
Robert W. Wellman, 77, on April 25. He was employed with Amtrak Railways at Adams Station in North Brunswick for 30 years as a heavy equipment operator.
James R. Zuccarelli, 65, on April 25. He worked at family businesses Interstate Waste and National Waste Disposal, where he served as vice president.
Franco Mucci, 88, on April 25. He worked at the David Sarnoff Research Center for 22 years before establishing his own landscaping business.
Roger L. Embley, 85, on April 24. He served as vice president and senior trust officer for the Broad Street National Bank of Trenton.
George Giovanos, 89, on April 23. He worked as a purchasing agent at Carter-Wallace Pharmaceuticals in Cranbury for 23 years and for 20 years as a budget analyst for the State Department of Defense in Lawrenceville.