40-Story High-Rise Proposed for Newark’s Lower Broadway Neighborhood

94 Clay Street Newark
Site of proposed development at Clay Street, McCarter Highway/Route 21, and Mount Pleasant Avenue, Newark. Image via Google Maps.

A neighborhood situated just north of Downtown Newark could potentially become the site of one of the tallest buildings in the state’s largest city.

The Newark Central Planning Board is scheduled to hear a proposal later this month involving an application to redevelop seven properties in the Lower Broadway community. A firm called 96 Clay Partnership, LLC is seeking approval in connection with a proposed 40-story development at 94 Clay Street, 1239, 1241, and 1243 McCarter Highway/Route 21, and 316-320, 322-326, and 328-330 Mount Pleasant Avenue, according to a legal notice. The building that is being planned would consist of 484 residential units and ground-floor commercial space.

State business filings show that 96 Clay Partnership, LLC was incorporated in October 2019. Although the notice lists the company as the owner of premises, municipal tax records state that six of the tracts are owned by Nutley-based 96 Clay Street, LLC while the seventh is owned by Best Holdings Corp. The site currently includes 96 Clay Cabinetry and an automotive business.

Should this project end up being approved and ultimately constructed by the developer, it would be the first high-rise constructed in this immediate area north of I-280 since the Pavilion and Colonnade Apartments were built close to six decades ago. Located not far from the Lower Broadway business district, the Newark Broad Street train and light rail stations, and the Clay Street Bridge to Hudson County, the seven properties are situated in an area that remains heavily industrial but is seeing an increasing residential and retail presence.

Although not to the extent of other areas of Newark, over the last few years, this vicinity has seen several mixed-use development plans. For instance, the 84-unit Spring Street Commons project is currently under construction across Clay Street from where the 40-story development could be built while plans were revealed last year for a complex with over 250 units along Broad Street near the neighborhood’s Burger King location.

The Newark Central Planning Board is scheduled to hear 96 Clay Partnership, LLC’s application on Monday, February 24, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

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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  1. Great idea. great location, but Broadway at that corner is a bit run-down and parking will be at a premium. Clay Street leads over the bridge to East Newark, where the Clark Thread complex is now being remediated prior to massive mixed use build-out with more units than the 96 Clay St. project. The redevelopment of the now leveled Newark Bears stadium area just to the South is already under weigh. The store fronts on Lower Broadway need to get bought out, upgraded for retail or converted to commercial space.

    There is a larger issue with Rt. 21 and Newark. There needs to be an express alternative to Get through Downtown and the South side without all the street lights and two lane narrows, ESPECIALLY if the PATH extension to Newark Liberty is going to get the green light. Newark needs to let traffic move to avoid terrible rush hour congestion before too many large mixed use units are built. This is really, really critical and is going to be a huge headache unless it becomes a serious budget item. Regrets to Mayor Baraka: this is not going to popular with his voting base, but attracting more rateables to Downtown (rather than seeing them walk away to Secaucus, Clifton, etc.) is absolutely critical.

    Newark needs to encourage some gentrification and build-outs downtown or it will continue to be back-sided and back-watered in Trenton and Essex.

  2. I agree, Ras is only trying to keep his voters happy by not encouraging more developments in Newark. The streets of this great city are very filthy: we need the street sweepers out at night in order to keep up with people tossing their garbage out of the car windows.

  3. No , that is not a good idea 40 stories is to high it will mean too many. people in one place this has been tried before Columbus homes ,17th Avenue etc high-rises are not a good idea to many people to control and too hard to keep clean we do need the housing but not the problems

    • If tall buildings alone were the problem, skylines like Manhattan’s wouldn’t exist. Civilized, productive people of all stripes are able to live in high-density, high-rise housing. The issue with developments like Columbus Homes, et al, is that too many people lacking economic means and education, were housed there.

      I never understand the silence of those who rail against high-rise buildings, in the face of evidence that it works, the world over…

  4. Agree about the garbage on the streets 100%! The street sweepers seem to be more busy towing cars than actually cleaning the garbage off the street. This development is welcomed, but it DOES seem like a bit too much density for this hood (though I think the Columbus Homes had different issues.) This area of Broad, directly north of the Broad St Station has a cool feel and that huge property where Burger King is seems ripe for redevelopment as well; there is also the 2 huge vacant lots on 7th/MLK which (I believe) are owned by the state school authority. Maybe the police will focus on cleaning up a lot of the drugs and prostitution happening at MLK and Crane, or by the Liquor Zone on Crane and Broadway. My girl is always out on that corner trying to make a buck.

  5. I am happy i want to see my city rise and have a 🏙 that is famaus the world over make us a desire to live work and play brick city rise

  6. they’re not building anything. Just another developer proposing something giant to increase the resale value of the land they own. Typical land banking trick.


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