15-Unit Student Housing Complex Might Come to University Heights, Newark

110 James Street Newark Student Housing
110 James Street, Newark. Image via Google Maps/Street View.

A narrow tract in Newark’s Central Ward that is owned by the city’s municipal government could be sold to a developer for just over $10,000 as part of a plan for a new student housing complex.

The nearly 1,500-square-foot lot at 110 James Street in University Heights has sat vacant for more than a decade, but it could become the site of a 15-unit off-campus housing development, according to a proposed resolution. The document indicates that the parcel, which has an assessed amount of $32,200, would be given to Mission Realestate Projects, LLC for $10,459 through a private sale.

This proposal calls for “adding the above-mentioned property to the adjacent properties at 8 and 10 Summit Street,” according to the proposed resolution. The matter was initially scheduled to go before the Newark Municipal Council on October 21, but the Newark Legislative Research Center lists its status as “held in council.”

Located a block west of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, the site is situated a short walk away from Rutgers University-Newark and the New Jersey Institute of Technology, but the proposed resolution did not mention if the student housing complex would be intended for students of a particular school. The address listed for Mission Realestate Projects, LLC is on the NJIT campus.



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  1. The property is in the James Street Commons historic district. It is not in University heights. Such a development requires Newark landmarks and historic preservation commission review.

  2. This property is scheduled to be build in a residential area in the historic district of Newark. I wonder where those student will park their vehicles when there is no enough spaces for residents.

    Poor planning for a small place.

  3. While concerns over parking in this congested area of Downtown are valid, Newark needs to re-orient itself towards more public transportation. As such, higher-density developments such as these, should be encouraged and marketed towards those fleeing exorbitant Manhattan and Gold Coast rents.
    A paucity of new parking should not be an impediment to new, high-density developments Downtown. East Orange has been on a veritable high-rise construction spree for the past 10 years, all while restricting overnight, street parking. How? The buildings are marketed to those who do not own vehicles, for the most part. With Newark being physically larger, and having far greater available public transportation options than East Orange, basing opposition to new development on the paucity of parking, defies logic.

  4. James Street Commons is nothing more than a street and a neighborhood within University Heights district of Newark.
    I know, because I grew up on Nesbitt Street across from the Baxter Terrace proyects.

  5. (Continued)
    It’s just a street corridor populated by many municipal workers (as of 2000) who have successfully shot down & paralyzed every attempt to build anything.
    Meanwhile, RUTGERS purchased vacant lots & demolished all remaining residential & meat warehouses along Orange & Eagle streets to make their student parking lots whole. I don’t see anything being built unless its student housing or a land swap arrangement. Just MHO.


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