14 Apartments Planned for Upper Floors of Adjacent Buildings Near Newark’s Four Corners

188 Market Street Newark Street View
Site of proposed adaptive re-use: 188 Market Street, Newark. Rendering via the application.

Two buildings that sit adjacent to each other just a few yards away from the Four Corners in Downtown Newark are each the subject of applications calling for the conversion of their upper floors into apartments.

Applications filed with Newark’s municipal government show that 10 residential units are planned for the Spingarn Building at 188 Market Street while four units are being proposed next door at 186 Market Street.

The “applicant also proposes to construct a common core between the buildings at 186 Market Street and 188 Market Street, which will contain an elevator shaft and stairwell,” according to one of the applications. The Studio for Urban Architecture & Design is listed as the architect for both projects.

The ground floor of 186 Market Street includes a GNC store while the ground floor of 188 Market Street contains a Dunkin’ location, but despite the proposed adaptive reuse upstairs, municipal staff reports indicate that these two businesses would remain. The reports also show that the residential units would range from 365 to 405 square feet.

188 Market Street Newark Proposed Changes
The proposed changes. Rendering via the application.

The Four Corners Historic District’s 2000 registration form with the National Park Service states that both the six-story Spingarn Building and the three-story structure at 186 Market Street were built in 1895. The latter structure once contained Murray’s Famous Bar and Restaurant while the Spingarn Building was built for a business called Spingarn Men’s Outfitter, according to the document.

The plans for these two properties are similar to previous proposals for other buildings further east on Market Street such as the nearby Bonnell Building.

Municipal tax filings list 186 Market, LLC as the owner of 186 Market Street and 188 Market, LLC as the owner of 188 Market Street. The listed address for both LLCs is the same post office box that is named on the website of Paramount Assets as the company’s mailing address.

These two applications are scheduled to go before the Newark Central Planning Board during a Zoom meeting on Monday, January 25, at 6:00 p.m.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Newark Central Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.


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