45-Unit ‘Suncrest Commons’ Project Could Come to South Orange Avenue, Newark

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Site of proposed development: 291-297 South Orange Avenue, Newark. Photo via plan submitted to the City of Newark.

Two parcels that have long sat undeveloped along South Orange Avenue in Newark are now the subject of plans calling for a new six-story building.


The Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment is scheduled to hear plans this week regarding 291-295 and 297 South Orange Avenue, where Community Planning and Housing Dev. Corp. of Morris County has proposed a mixed-use development.

If approved and constructed as currently proposed, the building would include 45 apartments, four commercial spaces, a community room, and a laundry room, according to a January 25 memo from Gerard Haizel of the Nishuane Group.

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Proposed design for Suncrest Commons, Newark. Rendering by Artek Studio via the plan submitted to the City of Newark.

Documents released by Newark’s municipal government show that there would be five studios, 35 one-bedroom units, and five two-bedroom apartments. Parking spaces are not required and are not proposed, according to the memo and site plans from Artek Studio.

Haizel wrote to the board that in his opinion, “the proposed density is too great for the subject site and would have a significant adverse impact on the surrounding area,” adding that “the increased height of the building, coupled with the increased density makes this development, as currently proposed, inappropriate for this site. The applicant should reduce both the proposed height and density to bring both more in line with the permitted standards.”

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Proposed design for Suncrest Commons, Newark. Rendering by Artek Studio via the plan submitted to the City of Newark.

The two properties are located between Littleton Avenue and South 6th Street and are a few blocks west of University Avenue. Site plans along with an application submitted to the City of Newark refer to this project as “Suncrest Commons.”

The hearing regarding this matter is expected to take place over Zoom on Thursday, February 4, at 6:00 p.m.

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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4 COMMENTS

  1. 45 units in a 6-story, mixed-use building, on one of the city’s major avenues, would have a “significant, adverse impact on the surrounding area…”, according to a representative of the Nishuane Group. It appears the typical, anti-development sect of the city has outside company, in the form of a Montclair entity, that undoubtedly champions high-density development along Montclair’s section of Bloomfield Avenue.
    This type of development is exactly what is needed on this and other major avenues in the city: high-density residential developments, with ground-floor retail and an emphasis on public transportation. Too many of Newark’s commercial corridors that once-teemed with economic & social activity, are currently barren wastelands crying for sensible investment, not the ugly “Bayonne” duplexes and single-family homes on major avenues.
    Newark never has been a ‘bedroom community’, it’s always been a center of population, transportation, culture, recreation and general economic activity. It appears that some vocal residents/outsiders would rather transform it into a swath of pre-fab, modular homes, with little street activity, nightlife and vibrance.

  2. What is this BS about the development being out of place and a need to downsize? This is a commercial corridor that used to be full of five and six story apartment buildings before they were all touchdown in the 1970s &1980s!

    it is pretty apparent the anti Redevelopment ghetto Lobby has found a lice in the suburbs who want to keep Newark down in order to bring up the Essex County suburbs! Bloomfield, Montclair East Orange get the Mastiff Redevelopment Ben Newark only text peon boxes and the occasional five-story Corner building!

  3. Fine, whatever, build what you wanna build. But parking isn’t included? So all the residents and retail employees/patrons will be fighting over STREET parking? Idk about that chief

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