20-Unit Development Proposed for Newark’s Astor Street

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The Michael 41 47 Astor Place Newark Map
Ascension Capital Partners I, LLC filed an application with the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) involving 41, 43, and 45-47 Astor Street. Image via the application.

A Newark neighborhood that has not yet seen as much multi-family development in recent years as other sections of the city could become home to a new residential project.

Ascension Capital Partners I, LLC filed an application with the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) involving 41, 43, and 45-47 Astor Street. The plans, which call for a five-story building with 20 residential units, are expected to be heard by the ZBA during a virtual meeting this Thursday, August 20 at 6:00 p.m.

If approved and completed, the building would include three studios, nine one-bedroom units, five two-bedroom units, and three three-bedroom units, according to site plans from Brick City Reconstruction that were released by the municipal government. A dozen parking spaces are planned for the ground floor of the structure.

The Michael 41 47 Astor Place Newark Rendering
Rendering of the project. Image courtesy of Brick City Reconstruction via the application.

“In my opinion, the proposed development is out of scale with the development in the immediate surrounding area,” wrote Gerard Haizel of the Nishuane Group in an August 6 memorandum to the ZBA, adding in part that “the applicant should reduce the height of the building to be more in scale with the development pattern in the surrounding area.”

Located near the intersection of Astor Street, Sherman Avenue, and Frelinghuysen Avenue, these vacant properties were the subject of a resolution that was adopted by the Newark Municipal Council at the beginning of 2018. At the time, there were plans for the City of Newark to sell the parcels to Ascension Capital Partners I, LLC for $28,697.20 in order to allow for the construction of two houses, each of which were expected to be three-family “affordable” dwellings.

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

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10 COMMENTS

  1. “In my opinion, the proposed development is out of scale with the development in the immediate surrounding area,”

    It’s out of scale with what the surrounding area currently has. It’s in scale with what the surrounding area should become.

  2. They always give these beautiful apartments to people who will destroy them. Never to the hardworking people in the middle. We get nothing and watch them live in these nice decent developments. Sad

  3. Just as long as Cottage Street Orbit who owns all the vacant properties on Broad St between Central Ave and New St doesn’t have anything to do with it. The building at 601 Broad St. has graffiti on the second level roof area on the side of the building that can be seen from blocks away. They get up there by climbing the scaffolding in front of the old Griffith building at 607 Broad St. which is owned by a group of Jewish men from Ramsey NJ headed by Yankel Tauber. They also have the same graffiti problem and the scaffolding in front of the building is hazardous because the lights under it don’t work anymore because they had the electricity cut off to save a few dollars. Both entities own numerous properties in the Downtown area, all are vacant. Landbankers that will never do anything with the properties. They do no maintenance whatsoever to them. Graffiti is an eyesore and we don’t want to look out of our windows and see it every day and the owners don’t do anything about it. The graffiti is very large and like I mentioned can be seen from blocks away. Code Enforcement has been notified.

  4. those apartments are for people who don’t work people who live from the government the entire family don’t work for a living good place in nice houses the people who work they need to pay a lot of money on rent pay taxes and they don’t make nothing for people who work is always for people in section 8 also for people who don’t work people who aren’t leaving from the government What about the people who ,we are the people who Pay taxes to the government

  5. Wow a lot of these comments are horrendous. People with a low income does not correlate with destructive behavior. Most if these new developments have very few units for low income renters. I believe by law it’s only 10% .

  6. People who have section 8 do work. The receipt of food stamps has a work requirement of a minimum of 20 hrs per week or enrollment in an approved education. Welfare queens are a myth. Most people on the welfare rolls are caucasion. Newarkers are disproportionately impoverished & only 10% of the units are allocated for low income families. Obviously some commentors have been very fortunate for so long that they believe the stereotypical images that are being fed to us in the media. Look deeper.

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