A plan to revitalize a large vacant lot near an Essex County train station has been given the green light as a five-story project has been green lit for a block of East Orange.
During their November 1 meeting, East Orange’s Planning Board unanimously approved a proposal for 31-33 Washington Street. The lot is owned by a company named VIDA 31 Washington Urban Renewal LLC and sits on the road’s corner with Essex Street.
The company has worked with Jersey City-based Devino Aiello Architects on a plan to revamp the property into a 41-unit residential building. The first floor of the complex is slated to include a lobby, lounge, and fitness room plus 52 parking spaces in a garage for residents.
Other perks at the future building include a 1,130-square-foot common rooftop terrace. The development is slated to utilize red brick and stucco components on the exterior.
This site is in East Orange’s TVD, TRO Redevelopment Zone and is within short walking distance of NJ Transit’s Brick Church Station, which has service to New York City and Hoboken via the Morristown Line and Gladstone Branch. A groundbreaking timeline for the project has not yet been announced.
The Oranges have seen a significant amount of new development in recent years, particularly along the South Harrison Street corridor. Modern complexes like Allure 258 and Lotus 315 have significantly transformed the landscape along the stretch, which is well-served by various modes of transit.