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  1. #9661


    Anybody have pics of Ironside/Mulberry Commons

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    Big Box Store, Apartments, and Mini-Mall Could Come to Peddlers Square in Newark

    Jared Kofsky -

    July 7, 20170

    Peddlers Square site | Credit: Google Maps

    For several years, when riding a train on NJ TRANSIT’s Morris and Essex or Montclair-Boonton Lines into Downtown Newark, one has been greeted on the right with an abandoned building covered with graffiti, and often, scenes such as a broken bus on top of a pile of rubble, damaged cars and trucks piled on top of one another, and police vehicles, all in the shadow of the city’s skyline.

    What once was a vibrant center of business and commerce in the heart of the Newark’s Central Ward is now literally used as a disaster training ground by first responders as part of the Newark Fire Department’s Special Operations Facility, the Newark Police Department (NPD), and the Newark Office of Emergency Management (OEM). The only residents at the site, known as Peddlers Square, are the horses from the Newark Police Department’s Mounted Unit.

    Located at the corner of Orange and Nesbitt Streets, the property, which features views of the Manhattan skyline, has a long history, with several uses in the last two centuries. Once a market area with a variety of peddlers selling goods to Newark residents, the site was later used as a Borden milk and juice processing and packaging plant starting in 1928, and eventually became a housing component factory used by the New Community Corporation before its current use by the Newark Department of Public Safety (DPS) and NJ TRANSIT.

    Borden Milk Plant, 1955 | Credit: The Independent Press, Bloomfield

    In 2008, the City of Newark’s Broad Street Station District Redevelopment Plan described the abandoned Borden building, which remains at the site, as “in a state of disrepair and many of its notable historical architectural features and elements have eroded,” adding that “there is widespread concern for properties which are run-down and vacant within the District as they are not only perceived as blight, but lead to serious problems such as attracting vermin and vagrants.”

    Now, Jersey Digs has exclusively learned that there are preliminary plans to revitalize the roughly six-acre site, though few details have been released so far.

    In an interview with Jersey Digs, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka stated that “there are two different developers that I would not like to talk about who are trying to get that property, and it should be developed soon,” adding that “I know it’s going to be residential and commercial space as connected to the Baxter Terrace project over there,” referring to the planned redevelopment of the rest of the large vacant lot across Orange Street that contained a public housing complex with over 30 buildings from 1941 until it was demolished five years ago.

    ”We’ve laid out the site for purposes of continuing the downtown influx of mixed-use residential housing,” said Carmelo Garcia, the Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate Officer of the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, telling Jersey Digs that “the best use for the site, which we’ve been working towards, is to draw a big-box store with a residential component.”

    There could be between 300 and 600 podium-style units on the property, which are expected to attract a mixture of people moving into Newark and existing residents looking to live in a more convenient location, since the Newark Broad Street Train Station and the Newark Light Rail are just a block away. The complex’s big-box store would likely be an ‘urban prototype’ location, somewhat similar to Target’s store in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood, and there would also be a mini-mall with up to ten stores on the premises. Having businesses at the site will be “sort of a replica of the past,” Garcia stated, since the Peddlers Square name comes from the market that was once situated there.

    ”We’ve had great interest in the site, especially after we came back from ICSC,” Garcia said, referring to the recent International Council of Shopping Centers RECon convention.

    Whatever organization is selected to redevelop the Peddlers Square property would pay for a relocation of the DPS facilities that are currently located on the premises, according to Garcia.

    ”It’s urbanization at its best,” he explained, adding that the development “would really provide a neighborhood feel and continue to build on the community’s assets.”


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  3. #9663


    Big box store? Poor use of land..

  4. #9664


    ^Generally speaking yes. But they could utilize an urban big box model (instead of suburban traditional) and a nice mix of medium and high density residences/retail, and you'd have a super nice neighborhood with good streetwall. Something on the order of the Mulberry St. Promenade but a bit denser.

  5. #9665

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    If you want the downtown residential towers, you are going to need a target or similar to support them

  6. #9666


    any updates on One Theater Square/Shaq Tower or the propose s Military Pk hotel?

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    Many piles are in place at the Shaq site. I am pretty confident it'll happen now.

    One Theater Square is almost topped out, and façade is being installed on the lower floors. You can see progress here:

    Quote Originally Posted by coralridge View Post
    any updates on One Theater Square/Shaq Tower or the propose s Military Pk hotel?

  8. #9668

    Default Hopefully this means we can start building up those lots around the federal square

    Mulberry Commons, the First Part of Larger South Broad Project, Seeks Approval

    Jared Kofsky -

    July 24, 20170

    Rendering Credit: Comito Associates

    The first stage of a new multi-phased development project near the border of Newark’s Central and East Wards is reaching the approvals process.

    A new mixed-use development has been proposed for 317 and 321-323 Mulberry Street, as well as 58-64 East Kinney Street, at the edge of Downtown Newark just two blocks from the Ironbound neighborhood.

    According to a legal notice from the Newark Central Planning Board, the proposal calls for the building to be five-stories tall, and for it to contain a residential lobby, ground floor retail space, and 24 residential units on the upper floors. 16 of the units would contain one bedroom, while the remaining eight would contain three bedrooms. 15 parking spaces would be provided on the premises for residents.

    Rendering Credit: Comito Associates

    The project developer, ATS Development Group, LLC, which is registered out of a garage on nearby Austin Street, is seeking Preliminary and Final Site Plan approval with variances for insufficient minimum lot size, insufficient minimum lot width, and insufficient parking. Lorrie Sciabarasi of Newark-based Comito Associates, PC, islisted as the project architect and engineer.

    ATS was included in How Newark Became Newark: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American City by Brad R. Tuttle, who wrote that “rather than putting the land up for public auction, Newark potentially lost out on millions by quietly steering parcels at dirt-cheap rates to companies such as ATS,” adding that the company acquired 116 City properties with an appraised value of $1.4 million for less than $300,000 between 2001 and 2005.

    Tuttle also wrote that “the company’s owner had run an East Ward auto shop and had no experience in housing developments when he suddenly got into the business in 2001,” and that “a partner of ATS happened to be Jackie Mattison, [former Newark Mayor] Sharpe James’s disgraced former chief of staff, who’d gone to jail in 1997 on bribery charges and was released in 2000.”

    This property, parts of which were acquired by ATS for $91,193 from the City in 2002, according to NJ Parcels records, contains a single-family home, a vacant lot, and a tract recently used to store used cars. Residents of the new building would be within walking distance of Newark Symphony Hall, Lincoln Park, New Jersey Transit bus service along Broad Street, and Newark Penn Station.

    This individual project, known as Mulberry Commons, the same name as the upcoming park near the Prudential Center, appears to be part of a larger plan by Comito Associates called the ‘South Broad Redevelopment.’

    According to the firm’s website, the overall proposal calls for three additional buildings at 1098 Broad Street, 77 Sherman Avenue, and a property on Austin Street, known as Broad Street Commons, Sherman Commons, and Austin Commons, respectively. All of the buildings would be five stories tall with ground floor retail space, and would contain 35, 44, and 45 residential units.

    The Newark Central Planning Board will hear the Mulberry/East Kinney proposal during its meeting on Monday, July 24th at 6:30pm at City Hall.

    This news comes as developer Steven Lenter is seeking to construct a six-story 296,268 square foot building at the site of a parking lot across the street, with 252 residential units, 9,543 square feet of retail space, and 152 parking spaces. That project, which is being designed by The DeRosa Group, PC, will also be heard during the July 24th meeting.

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    Just a reminder...if you're a Newark resident in favor of smart growth, walkable neighborhoods, and transit-oriented development, call your council member and mayor Baraka to tell them that you support their efforts to rezone the blocks directly adjacent to Newark Penn Station. Just leave your name and address with the councilmember's staff when they answer the call and say you support MX-3 zoning.

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    Stadium developer reveals design for vast mixed-use project

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    Developer details plans for Newark Bears & Eagles Stadium site
    The developer of a huge mixed-use project on the site of Newark's Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium said it could be completed by late 2021, and released this artist's rendering. Lotus Equity Group CEO Ben Korman said the project will include multiple buildings with a total of 1,400 apartments, 120,000 square feet of retail space, a 400,000-square-foot office tower, a 2,000-space parking garage, an entertainment venue, and a 1.5-acrew central "piazza," open to the public. (Lotus Equity Group)
    Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for

    By Steve Strunsky,
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    NEWARK -- The site now occupied by Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium will be a 24/7 community of apartments, office, retail and entertainment spaces comprised of three "blocks" designed by separate architects and surrounding a 1.5-acre courtyard, according to the developer.

    "It's going to be amazing," said Ben Korman, founder and CEO of Manhattan-based Lotus Equity Group, which will tear down the stadium and build the 2.3-million-square-foot mixed-use project.

    Lotus closed on a deal in November to purchase the former home of the defunct Newark Bears minor league baseball team from Essex County for $23.5 million.

    The Bears folded in 2014, 15 years after the stadium was built at a cost of $34 million using public financing, leaving Essex taxpayers on the hook for $2 million a year in debt payments.

    Too many seats were empty even during Bears home games, and the red brick stadium at the corner of Orange and Broad Streets has been largely vacant ever since, other than the occasional NJIT, Rutgers-Newark, or high school baseball game.

    The city declared the 8-acre stadium site as an area in need of redevelopment, and designated Lotus as the developer for the job.
    In a recent interview with NJ Advance Media, Korman said he hoped to have submitted final plans to the city and begun work by the end of 2018, with a roughly 3-year construction period that would mean residents and businesses could begin moving in sometime around the winter of 2021-22. Korman said he did not have a cost estimate for the project.

    Korman said Lotus had hired three renowned architectural firms to design distinct "blocks" of the complex: PAU, a firm headed by Vishaan Chakrabarti and recognized for its work project including the High Line, Lower Manhattan after 9/11, and the proposed new Pennsylvania Station; Michael Green Architecture, or MGA, known for its "mass timber" construction; and Ten Arquitectos, the New York and Mexico City-based team of architect Enrique Norten. A fourth firm, Minno & Wasko Architects and Plannersis the architect of record, a veteran of city and state projects with offices in Newark.

    How this one walkway could be a path to Newark's rebirth
    Hahne & Company's developers say the ground-floor atrium encourages all-important pedestrian traffic in the city center

    Korman said the project will include 1,400 apartments, which would be subject to the city's requirement that 20 percent be set aside for people of low or moderate incomes.

    There would be a 400,000-square-foot office tower marketed to technology firms, taking advantage of the city's growing reputation as a tech hub. Korman is also a partner in C&K Properties, which 11 years ago acquired 2 Gateway Center, the first building to contract with the city's Newark Fiber public-private venture to provide internet access to its tenants.

    In some ways, Korman said the stadium project is a reaction to the Gateway office complex, which was built amid a climate of anxiety in the aftermath of Newark's 1967 violence and has been criticized as insular and uninviting to anyone but the people who work there.

    By contrast, Korman said, the new project would invite the city in, with its large, open courtyard -- "the piazza," he called it -- accommodating open air markets, galleries and even film screenings, all open to the general public.

    "These are different times," Korman said.

    The complex will also include 120,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, mainly intended for small or medium-sized shops and restaurants. And there will be an entertainment venue that Korman said would be comparable to Brooklyn Bowl, the 600-capacity concert hall and bowling ally in that borough's Williamsburg section.

    Those kinds of uses, Korman said, will encourage pedestrian traffic from inside and outside of the complex. And, he said, the complex will also generate street life along McCarter Highway on its northern edge, across from the Passaic River, an area now bereft of almost any commercial activity, pedestrian-oriented or otherwise.

    "The thought was also that, not only should it be housing for the city of Newark, but it should also also have commercial activity on the site," Korman said. "It should be an asset that should be embraced by the people that live in Newark and it should be embraced by the people who love Newark and work in it."

    He said residents and workers at the stadium project would be likely to take advantage of downtown Newark's budding restaurant district around Halsey Street, as well as downtown's new Whole Foods supermarket and cultural institutions including the Newark Museum, NJPAC and Prudential Center arena.

    Many would commute via NJ Transit's Broad Street Station accessible from the complex not by an elevated walkway, but by crossing Broad Street. For those who drive, 2,000 parking spaces would be created in decks at the base of the complex's buildings.

    Steve Strunsky may be reached at . Follow him on Twitter @SteveStrunsky . Find on Facebook.


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    edit: for some reason the link only works intermittently. Perhaps is still tweaking the article.
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    what happened to the 60-story buildings? where did that come from? looks like Newark once again will not break away from small "skyscrapers"

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    Just because a project isn't super-tall doesn't mean it sucks.. and just cuz a project is tall doesn't mean it's great. The more buildings at the site the better; it's not like they're 10-stories or less. I'm more curious about the Westinghouse site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coralridge View Post
    what happened to the 60-story buildings? where did that come from? looks like Newark once again will not break away from small "skyscrapers"
    I read 60 stories as well. I never believed it. 1180 Raymond Boulevard will never be topped. Lol.��
    However as the skyline gets bland (Theatre Square is only visible from West Hudson) a company will eventually insist their tower rises above the rest!

  14. #9674


    If getting all the vacant lots and parking lots built on means having to go with midrise buildings I'm all for it. The demand just isn't there for Newark to fill all the vacant property with 60 story buildings. I'd rather have a built out street wall and walkable neighborhood than one supertall that ends up on the middle of surface lots because it single handedly satisfied all the demand. Eventually as land gets more scarce and demand continues you will start to see taller buildings. Look at JC, most of what was built in the beginning of their boom, ie.. Marabella, Portofino, The Gotham, etc.. aren't particularly tall, or striking. It took them a good while to start getting the taller, higher quality buildings.

  15. #9675


    It's been rumored for a while, but official news that Burlington Coat Factory is coming downtown.

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