Two adjacent properties in an East Orange neighborhood could become the site of a new development with dozens of apartments as part of a company’s proposal.
City records show that PL 177 Arlington EO, LLC, which is registered out of the South Harrison Street offices of ProudLiving Communities, is seeking to construct a complex with 75 units at 177 and 183 North Arlington Street near Park Avenue.
The proposed project would consist of a “mixed income market rate” building with studios, one-bedroom apartments, and two-bedroom units, according to an East Orange City Council resolution that was approved in June after the East Orange Business Development and Zoning Committee had reportedly approved of the plans.
At the time, the city council designated PL 177 Arlington EO, LLC as the official redeveloper of the two tracts, although 183 North Arlington Street actually fell under the city’s ownership.
However, an ordinance that was signed in August allowed for the municipal government to sell the vacant lot in question to the developer for the negotiated amount of $24,600, 20 percent of the property’s assessed value. There was no public bidding process.
The ordinance added that City Hall was “not utilizing [the lot] for a public purpose” and that “preliminary development activities,” including the land purchase itself, the site plan review process, and the issuance of permits, are required to be completed within a six-month period.
The premises once contained a private residence.