A five-story development could potentially come to a vacant property situated across from the Springfield Avenue Marketplace complex in Newark’s Central Ward.
An application involving 66-80 South Orange Avenue has been filed with the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA), which is scheduled to discuss a proposed new building on Thursday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m. KS 66-80 South Orange Avenue, LP, a firm incorporated last year, is seeking Preliminary and Final Site Plan approval with variances such as use, density, and height so that a development with 109 residential units and parking can be constructed, according to a public notice. It is not yet clear if retail space is envisioned.
Municipal tax records list the owner of the property as an Atlanta-based firm associated with the Springfield Avenue Marketplace. Located close to the ShopRite of Newark, the Greater Newark Conservancy’s space in the former Oheb Shalom Congregation synagogue, Society Hill, and the Essex County Government Complex, the tract has been undeveloped for well over a decade. Back in 2015, Metropolitan Senior Housing proposed a four-story senior housing complex with 58 apartments for this area, but the plans were subsequently withdrawn.
This is the third development application in Newark in recent months involving a company with “KS” in it. During Thursday’s meeting, the ZBA is also expected to hear a plan by KS 502 Market Street, LP for a site in the Ironbound while KS 556 Market Street, LLC proposed a different East Ward development late last year.
Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment are subject to change.