104 Park Street, Bordentown, NJ

Modern Recycled Spaces® purchased the former Ocean Spray bottling facility and is in the very early stages of working on plans and concepts for this site. Please reach out and share your ideas of how you think we can best redevelop this site. | 609.731.0378


104 Park Street, Bordentown, NJ

Modern Recycled Spaces® purchased the former Ocean Spray bottling facility and is in the very early stages of working on plans and concepts for this site. Please reach out and share your ideas of how you think we can best redevelop this site. | 609.731.0378

We are pleased to share a sneak peek of our vision for the Cranberry Cannery Lofts in Bordentown, NJ. This mixed use adaptive rehab project in the former Ocean Spray plant could host a Brewpub, Yoga Studios, Artist and Co-working Spaces, Apartments, Club House, Pool and much more! We are actively working with the City Of Bordentown to get this project approved and started and couldn’t be more excited. While we are waiting, please contact us for short term warehouse Leases at 609-731-0378.


Cranberry Park is envisioned to be a premiere creative space for businesses, producers, makers, and artists. It is based out of the previous Ocean Spray® factory in Bordentown, NJ, which saw the production of Ocean Spray® consumer cranberry products for over 70 years, helping cement them as a leading force in the national fruit market. Modern Recycled Spaces®, the company that has worked to renovate and revitalize properties in such cities as Hamilton, Lambertville, and Flemington, is spearheading the effort to restore productivity and innovation to this historic location.

Together, as with other Modern Recycled Spaces® properties, Cranberry Park will create a creative community in which the core values and services of each of the occupants comes together to form an environment ripe for growth, innovation, and progress.

We are the best-in-class low-cost warehouse, distribution, flex, and office space provider in the Princeton, Princeton Junction, Hamilton, Trenton, Bordentown, Lawrenceville, Cranbury, Ewing, West Windsor, and Lambertville areas of New Jersey. We have creative office lofts and flex spaces for rent throughout Central New Jersey that are ready for occupancy.

Modern Recycled Spaces® is reinventing the flex/office park in Mercer and Hunterdon Counties. We transform old New York style mill, warehouse, and factory buildings into creative homes for businesses. We provide high quality loft office, flex, warehouse, and retail spaces where your organization can grow. Our build-to-suit office and flex units feature high ceilings with wood beams, skylights, and exposed brick walls. Besides being stylish, functional, and affordable — our recycled spaces are green and sustainable!

Whether you are an artist looking to lease artist work space or a business seeking affordable office space, Modern Recycled Spaces® has available commercial space for rent. Our properties have rental units for art galleries, art studios, creative offices, distribution, factory space, flex space, large office space, small office space, shop space, and studio office space. We have commercial rental properties, industrial property, mill conversions, artist mills, office parks, warehouse buildings, and industrial parks with rental space to let. Our buildings in Hamilton, New Jersey have convenient locations near I-295, I-95, NJ Turnpike, Route 1, and the Hamilton Train Station with NJ Transit, Amtrak, and SEPTA connections to New York and Philadelphia.


104 Park Street Bordentown, New Jersey

According to Woodword’s History of Burlington County from1883, the initial factory building was built in 1874, by the city of Bordentown for the Blees Sewing Machine Co. to bring jobs to the area.  The company invested $80,000 in equipment but never opened.  The building was sold to the Downs & Finch Shirt Factory in 1878, to manufacture shirts.  Owned by D. H. Downs and C. M. Finch, the manufacturer employed 500 people by the early 1880s.  The classic brick mill faced the Amboy division of the Pennsylvania Railroad to the east.  The main section was 200 feet long by fifty feet wide, two stories in height and had a central 4-story tower. The interior was well lit by the repetition of closely-spaced, arched topped windows.  Hip-roofed appendages connected by narrow passageways housed the stock bins, dry and storage rooms, and a laundry (60’ x 30’) at the rear (road side) along with an attached engine room.   Bordentown had two shirt factories operating concurrently.  The Eagle Shirt manufactory was built in 1882 at Spring Street, Bordentown.

Springfield Worsted Mills purchased the mill building in 1891 to make wool yarn.  The original mill building was reused and the footprint park,hardly changed. Owners Howland Croft, William Anderson and Robert Barry permanently connected the appendages, built a new boiler room, added an office and a few small, one-story, shed roofed appendages, added a 750,000 gallon reservoir and by 1915 a 50,000 gallon sprinkler tank on a steel tower.  The building had coal fired steam heat, gas and electric lights and automatic sprinklers.

Howland Croft (1839-1899) immigrated in 1867 from Yorkshire, England with his family and obtained the position of overseer at the only worsted mill in Philadelphia at that time.   In 1879, he established the Linden Worsted Mills in Camden, New Jersey with Howland Croft, Sons & Co.  Croft was noted as a humanitarian who provided various amenities for his

Camden employees (park, playground, club house, cricket field, bathrooms, etc.).  A postcard view of the Springfield Worsted Mills shows the grounds nicely landscaped with trimmed bushes and a fence lining Park Street. William Anderson was the manager of Springfield Worsted Mills; Robert Barry (1847-1918) was president; Emmett James was the superintendent. The company made wool yarn using 6 cards and 6 combs.  Springfield Worsted Mills closed in the 1930s and the building was subsequently taken over by the Bachman Hosiery Company which produced women’s hosiery there until WWII. 

The Ocean Spray Cranberry company purchased the site in 1943. Ocean Spray began in 1930 as Cranberry Canners Inc.and as a merger of three cranberry companies: Ocean Spray Preserving Co. of South Hanson Mass., Makepeace Preserving Co. of Wareham, Mass and the Enoch F. Bills Co. of New Egypt, NJ. The company initially manufactured whole and jellied cranberry sauce and by the late 1930s cranberry juice cocktail; dehydrated cranberries and cranberry-orange marmalade came a decade later.  By 1943, the company had 15 plants including the newly purchased facility in Bordentown.  Cranberries grown in the Jersey Pine barrens were put in cold storage and processed into jelly, juice, packaged whole or made into other products bearing the Ocean Spray label.  The company also purchased the adjacent factory in Bordentown, the former Swift Machinery Company plant, which was used for warehousing.

The 1943 Sanborn map shows the mill owned by Cranberry Canners Inc.  The original hiproofed mill building (with the additions constructed by the Springfield mills) was reused practically in its entirety.  A storage shed was added on the north side and the original east front on the railroad side was concealed by a narrow addition in line with the original tower.  By that time the original railroad front was considered the back; and the front was the Park Street side (west side).  The 1947 aerial view (below) shows that a second addition had been constructed along the entire east side, thus blocking the entire railroad front.  A third addition was constructed along part of the south side wall by 1953.  A large wing was added between 1958 and 1963 and the third addition may have been removed.  The plant was expanded three times between 1963 and 1971.

The footprint of the original mill building is not apparent in the aerial photographs after 1963. The question remains; was the original mill demolished between 1963 and 1971 or was it totally engulfed within new construction with the hip roofs removed and replaced with flat roofs.  Interestingly the water tower remained after 1971 suggesting the possibility that at least part of the original building was retained.  By 1975 Ocean Spray processed 75% of all cranberries in the US.