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    Plans Moving Forward for Redevelopment of Newark’s Paramount Theater

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    March 28, 20182



    Paramount Theater, Newark. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.

    The surge in development in Downtown Newark is reaching one of the city’s most iconic landmarks: the Paramount Theater.

    The marquee of the Paramount is one of the best-known symbols of the state’s biggest city. Simply reading “Newark,” this ghost sign at 193-195 Market Street near the Prudential Center is regularly featured in articles discussing changes throughout the community. Now, major changes could be coming to the former theater itself since plans are advancing to redevelop and expand the structure into the neighborhood’s latest mixed-use development.


    The Downtown Newark-based RBH Group, which is responsible for nearby Teachers Villageand the proposed Four Corners Millennium Project, is seeking to begin construction early next year on redeveloping this property. The project involves preserving the facade of the Paramount while building a new structure behind it.


    A spokesperson for the RBH Group confirmed to Jersey Digs that the company is currently in the process of designing the mixed-use development and explained that “we plan to restore the facade and redevelop into retail and housing, the retail component of which may even have a theater.”

    Drawing via HudsonRE.com

    According to a listing posted last month by Hudson Real Estate out of Manhattan, the residential portion of the project is expected to include 220 units. The firm is currently marketing a “big box retail/commercial opportunity” for the upcoming development, stating in a flyer that 23,900 square feet of retail space will be available on the ground floor while 25,828 square feet would be for lease on the second story. Floor plans for the project show that a residential lobby and parking would also be included in the new building.

    Although none remain open today, Newark was once home to multiple historic theaters like the Paramount. This venue opened its doors in 1886 as a vaudeville house called H.C. Miner’s Newark Theatre, according to Cinema Treasures, and was remodeled in 1917. In recent years, the interior of the theater has not been maintained and has sat unused, while the portion of the building at the street level below the marquee has contained stores over the years such as Dee’s Amazing Deals and Culture & Culture African Accessories. However, the entire structure is currently vacant as the RBH Group prepares to begin construction.


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    Shaq Tower/Rector topped off with US flag.😊Click image for larger version. 

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    Newark Prepares for Next Phase of Riverfront Park

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    April 3, 20180


    New signage at Riverfront Park, Newark. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.

    Construction could soon begin on the next phase of what has become one of the most prominent parks in Newark.

    Planning is currently underway for Phase C of Riverfront Park, which will involve parcels stretching from Dock Street near Newark Penn Station to Center Street near the Newark FBI office, according to project manager Stephen Walter from Cumming. Part of this portion of the project involves the only area along the waterfront with a previously developed public walkway, though it is difficult to access and currently lacks benches, signage, and other amenities. This previously industrial property is adjacent to several Matrix Development Group-owned lots that are sites of potential new developments, includingAmazon’s second headquarters should Newark be selected.

    This site along the Passaic River near NJPAC will eventually become part of Riverfront Park, Newark. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.

    Riverfront Park will soon cross under the Dock Bridge, Newark. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.

    Upcoming efforts will bring a “different aesthetic” to the property, according to Walter, who explained that this phase will include an amphitheater along the Passaic River across from the Center Street Light Rail Station with “natural stepped seating.” In addition, artwork will be incorporated into Phase C, including several sculptures and “an outdoor art gallery-type setup” with screens allowing artists to display their work. Bid documents obtained by Jersey Digs refer to the amphitheater as the “River Theater” and describe plans for a “Garden Gallery,” three kiosks, a promenade, and accessible entrances, along with ongoing efforts to test the soil and groundwater for contamination.

    Walter told Jersey Digs that Cumming was contracted by the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC) to oversee the design, bidding, construction, and development of the upcoming portions of the park. James Corner Field Operations, which is known for its work with the High Line and the upcoming Freshkills Park, is involved in Phase C along with Pennoni, the Brandston Partnership, Craul Land Scientists, the Nishuane Group, Yendor Productions, Northern Designs, Soucy Aquatik, and Pentagram, according to bid documents.

    This walking path between Newark Penn Station and the FBI office will become part of Riverfront Park, Newark. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.

    Currently, Cumming and the NCEDC are looking for an additional contractor for the project. A legal notice from City Hall shows that “a lump sum general construction contract” will be issued with potential bidders being responsible for “site grading, utilities, infrastructure, hardscape and landscape” along with “coordination of Phase C activities with the activities of the developers for the sites adjacent to the park.” All bids are due by April 6.

    Riverfront Park’s first phase opened over five years ago at the edge of the city’s Ironbound neighborhood across from Harrison. Developed in partnership between City Hall, Essex County, the State, and the Trust for Public Land, it includes a playground, a boat dock, athletic fields, and walkways. The park’s most recent phase opened to Newarkers at the end of 2017. This latest addition has expanded the walkway and Horizon Wellness Trail westward from the existing “orange boardwalk,” passing underneath the Jackson Street Bridge.

    Expanded walkway at Riverfront Park, Newark. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.The Orange Boardwalk at Riverfront Park, Newark. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.

    During the upcoming phases, the existing portion of Riverfront Park will be connected to Phase C and an art shed, cookout ledges, a bluff playground, two dog runs, a beach, volleyball courts, a splash pad, and a balcony will be installed, according to bid documents. There are also plans to “repair and restore” the cobblestoned Dock Street. Eventually, once the bulkhead’s extension is completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the entire park is set to be expanded farther north toward the Bridge Street Bridge and possibly beyond.

    from jerseydigs:

    https://jerseydigs.com/newark-prepares-next-phase-riverfront-park/

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    Quote Originally Posted by 66nexus View Post
    Newark Prepares for Next Phase of Riverfront Park

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    April 3, 20180


    New signage at Riverfront Park, Newark. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.

    Construction could soon begin on the next phase of what has become one of the most prominent parks in Newark.

    Planning is currently underway for Phase C of Riverfront Park, which will involve parcels stretching from Dock Street near Newark Penn Station to Center Street near the Newark FBI office, according to project manager Stephen Walter from Cumming. Part of this portion of the project involves the only area along the waterfront with a previously developed public walkway, though it is difficult to access and currently lacks benches, signage, and other amenities. This previously industrial property is adjacent to several Matrix Development Group-owned lots that are sites of potential new developments, includingAmazon’s second headquarters should Newark be selected.

    This site along the Passaic River near NJPAC will eventually become part of Riverfront Park, Newark. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.

    Riverfront Park will soon cross under the Dock Bridge, Newark. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.

    Upcoming efforts will bring a “different aesthetic” to the property, according to Walter, who explained that this phase will include an amphitheater along the Passaic River across from the Center Street Light Rail Station with “natural stepped seating.” In addition, artwork will be incorporated into Phase C, including several sculptures and “an outdoor art gallery-type setup” with screens allowing artists to display their work. Bid documents obtained by Jersey Digs refer to the amphitheater as the “River Theater” and describe plans for a “Garden Gallery,” three kiosks, a promenade, and accessible entrances, along with ongoing efforts to test the soil and groundwater for contamination.

    Walter told Jersey Digs that Cumming was contracted by the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC) to oversee the design, bidding, construction, and development of the upcoming portions of the park. James Corner Field Operations, which is known for its work with the High Line and the upcoming Freshkills Park, is involved in Phase C along with Pennoni, the Brandston Partnership, Craul Land Scientists, the Nishuane Group, Yendor Productions, Northern Designs, Soucy Aquatik, and Pentagram, according to bid documents.

    This walking path between Newark Penn Station and the FBI office will become part of Riverfront Park, Newark. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.

    Currently, Cumming and the NCEDC are looking for an additional contractor for the project. A legal notice from City Hall shows that “a lump sum general construction contract” will be issued with potential bidders being responsible for “site grading, utilities, infrastructure, hardscape and landscape” along with “coordination of Phase C activities with the activities of the developers for the sites adjacent to the park.” All bids are due by April 6.

    Riverfront Park’s first phase opened over five years ago at the edge of the city’s Ironbound neighborhood across from Harrison. Developed in partnership between City Hall, Essex County, the State, and the Trust for Public Land, it includes a playground, a boat dock, athletic fields, and walkways. The park’s most recent phase opened to Newarkers at the end of 2017. This latest addition has expanded the walkway and Horizon Wellness Trail westward from the existing “orange boardwalk,” passing underneath the Jackson Street Bridge.

    Expanded walkway at Riverfront Park, Newark. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.The Orange Boardwalk at Riverfront Park, Newark. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.

    During the upcoming phases, the existing portion of Riverfront Park will be connected to Phase C and an art shed, cookout ledges, a bluff playground, two dog runs, a beach, volleyball courts, a splash pad, and a balcony will be installed, according to bid documents. There are also plans to “repair and restore” the cobblestoned Dock Street. Eventually, once the bulkhead’s extension is completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the entire park is set to be expanded farther north toward the Bridge Street Bridge and possibly beyond.

    from jerseydigs:

    https://jerseydigs.com/newark-prepares-next-phase-riverfront-park/
    So, they're getting access behind the FBI building?

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    ^ I can't see how or how they're going to get access behind Horizon and NJ Transit building. I think that those stretches are going to have to go on the street/sidewalk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oz756c View Post
    So, they're getting access behind the FBI building?
    IIRC there's somewhat of a path there now but it's very simple and not really complete. I was in the FBI building several years back and they even mentioned that they were updating for the 'pathway park' that was supposed to run in front of the entrance. There's a road there that runs parallel to where the park path would go.

    Like what you'd see here (eventually): https://www.newarkpulse.com/news/det...t-park-phase-3

    Quote Originally Posted by JCMAN320 View Post
    ^ I can't see how or how they're going to get access behind Horizon and NJ Transit building. I think that those stretches are going to have to go on the street/sidewalk.
    I wondered about that and also wondered if either of them would be willing to give up some of their parking for a greenway (even if they kept ownership of their stretches).
    Last edited by 66nexus; April 4th, 2018 at 02:35 PM.

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    Found info even more current than the latest jerseydigs article (brief):

    https://www.mfhlaw.com/newark-riverfront-park/

    This pretty much says it's already broken ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 66nexus View Post
    IIRC there's somewhat of a path there now but it's very simple and not really complete. I was in the FBI building several years back and they even mentioned that they were updating for the 'pathway park' that was supposed to run in front of the entrance. There's a road there that runs parallel to where the park path would go.

    Like what you'd see here (eventually): https://www.newarkpulse.com/news/det...t-park-phase-3



    I wondered about that and also wondered if either of them would be willing to give up some of their parking for a greenway (even if they kept ownership of their stretches).
    I think the City would have better luck building a boardwalk over the water around the lots like has been done at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCMAN320 View Post
    I think the City would have better luck building a boardwalk over the water around the lots like has been done at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus.
    Just looked that up (didn't know Secaucus had a park like that); definitely agree their boardwalk can work nice around those lots. It wouldn't be super scenic but it'd only be for a small stretch.

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    Good to see they are going to pave Broad Street starting at Lombardy
    Even better, they took out the brick cross walks which have been nothing short of a hazard since installed

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    I wouldn't be quick to celebrate the "brick" crosswalk demise. LOL.
    Those pseudo brick crosswalks ,actually the same melted plastic used for lane stripping tinted red, are usually installed afterwards by milling the crosswalks. But we'll see.

    BTW......It appears the skeleton framing for facade glass panels has begun at Shaq/Rector Tower on side facing North.
    The north facing facade now has a cinder block wall facing the street with individual windows 4 stories tall resembling the Ballantine/Science High School.
    It appears the Facade of the original building will come back. Will be interesting to see what the original looked like once the restored (cleaned)bricks & terra cotta images return.😊

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    Looking at the city -county of Philadelphia,PA &amp; London,UK<br>
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    Newark should merge with the Essex County Goverment.<br>
    *The Greater City of Newark Essex would have same 700,000+ population as Washington DC &amp; Overtake Boston ,MA.<br>
    * The Mayor of Newark Essex would also be County Executive.<br>
    * The Newark Essex County freeholders double as Newark Essex city council.<br>
    * All Essex County residents are citizens of Newark &amp; vote for Newark Mayor &amp; city council for representation.<br>
    * All suburban municipalities in Essex County survive. (The Newark Essex merger is at the county level) Mayors of the suburban municipalities or their deputy mayors serve on the expanded Newark -Essex City council. (The Mayor of Bloomfield or chosen replacement serves as councilperson representing Bloomfield.)<br>
    <br>
    Newark would be coterminous with Essex County. A return to original boundaries &amp; unleashing of Newark's full potential.<br>
    Talk of Newark taking over doesn't fly since Suburban Essex voters will have major input via the vote, destroying the fiefdom mentality rivalry between Newark and her suburbs which are really severed districts of a metropolis with property taxes among the highest in NJ, if not the USA.
    Once Metropolitan government is established, sharing & service consolidation can begin within Greater Newark -Essex.
    Last edited by Newarkguy; April 10th, 2018 at 09:13 AM.

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    ^In my wildest dreams (that would be a new era for not just Newark but even NJ).

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    Shaquille O’Neal’s Newark Tower Tops Off

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    April 10, 20180


    Newark tower topping off today, April 10. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.

    Officials will gather in Newark today to announce that one of the largest high-rise developments to be constructed in the city in decades has reached its highest floor.

    Governor Phil Murphy will be among the dignitaries to speak at the topping off ceremony for Shaquille O’Neal’s and New Brunswick-based Boraie Development’s new mixed-use tower. Located downtown at the corner of Rector Street and McCarter Highway, the project has been given a variety of names over the years, from One Riverview to One Rector Street to 40 Rector Street. Some Newarkers have even referred to the 23-story development as the “Shaq Tower.”

    Site signage. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.Under construction. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.

    O’Neal endorsed Murphy during his 2017 gubernatorial campaign, while records from the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission show that members of the Boraie family have donated heavily to Garden State Democratic politicians, including Murphy and then-Mayor Cory Booker’s ticket, over the years.

    A legal notice from March 2017 stated the building is expected to include 168 residential units and two retail spaces when completed, and that Boraie, AECOM, and Perkins Eastman were slated to receive $2,900,000 in Section 108 loan guarantee funds from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Signs posted in front of the roughly half-acre property show that the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Goldman Sachs, and Dynamic Land Development Consultants are also involved in the project.

    Although the development was revealed nearly a decade ago and there was a groundbreaking in 2013, construction did not begin at the site until the spring of 2017, following the demolition of Science High School. Initially, the former public school and factory, which had long sat vacant near the Center Street/NJPAC Light Rail Station, was supposed to be the base of the new $65 million tower. Developer Wasseem Boraie even told The New York Times that doing so “would make for the ‘dramatic metaphor’ of a sleek modern tower rising from a historic brick foundation wall.”

    Nearby Newark Light Rail. Photo by Jared Kofsky/Jersey Digs.

    However, some locals were surprised when the school was suddenly torn down at the beginning of last year. Even the Newark Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission at City Hall was apparently taken aback. Minutes from the commission’s Feb. 1, 2017 meeting show that members “expressed concern…in regard to demolition of the entire structure without the proper permits,” adding that a request for a stop work order was issued. Despite this, as construction continues at the site, the school is quite literally history now. The demolition of the structure is included in high school lesson plans regarding the city’s past from the Newark Public Library.
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    from jerseydigs:

    https://jerseydigs.com/shaquille-oneal-tower-tops-off-newark/

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