It looks like ianmac was right about 209-217 Newark Ave...from the May 17th Zoning Board agenda, it appears the land is under the control of a new developer and that the new developer does want to build a larger building on the site...in any case, about a week or two ago they finally patched up the sidewalk around the lot and inserted at least two construction markers within the lot itself...perhaps they will begin construction as soon as approval is granted for the revised plans...
12. Case: Z02-003.1 Site Plan Amendment
Applicant: FTD Newark, LLC
Attorney: Charles J. Harrington, III, Esq.
Address: 209-217 Newark Avenue
Block: 311 Lot: 68 (f/k/a 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 54B, 55A, 57B, & 60A)
Zone: NC Neighborhood Commercial District / R-3 Multi-Family, Mid-Rise District
For: Amendment to Final Site Plan to revise facade and floor plan and to add a 6th story rooftop common room. Applicant also seeks relief from a condition of final approval disallowing full residential units on the fifth floor level."c" Variance: % coverage of rooftop appurtenances "d" Variance: Height