After Years of Planning, Lantana Affordable Redevelopment Rises in Newark

Lantana 109 119 Broad Street Newark Groundbreaking
Ground has finally broken on the development Lantana at 109-119 Broad Street in Newark. Photo provided by a Jersey Digs reader.

A company with loads of experience building affordable housing throughout New Jersey has finally begun work on a block-long residential development in Newark’s North Ward.

Montclair-based RPM Development quietly broke ground earlier this year on a project located at 109-119 Broad Street. The property spans over 0.76 acres and is nestled in the city’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood just a short distance from Branch Brook Park.

Lantana 109 119 Broad Street Newark Construction Progress 1
Steel beams are up. Photo via RPM Development Facebook.

RPM was the company behind Jersey City’s Whitlock Cordage revitalization and their latest Newark endeavor is dubbed Lantana. The company purchased the property way back in 2010 and the endeavor has taken years to come together, heating up in 2018 after it was awarded tax credits from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency.

Patch reported last September that Newark awarded additional federal funds through the HOME Investment Partnerships Program to Lantana and an eagle-eyed reader sent us some images earlier this year that showed the project breaking ground. The five-story complex is set to include 60 affordable units and the development registered for LEED Certification late last year. The architect for the project is Inglese A+E.

Lantana 109 119 Broad Street Newark Construction Progress 2
Decking is down. Photo via RPM Development Facebook.

RPM recently provided an update on the progress of Lantana via its social media accounts. Structural steel and decking at the site have been completed and workers are now preparing for the podium slab installation.

Despite the progress, official renderings of Lantana have never been released and RPM Development has not responded to our inquiries seeking additional details about the project. A completion date for Lantana has not been announced.


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  1. While RPM has a pretty good track record of developing aesthetically-pleasing properties in the Oranges, that track record alone doesn’t excuse the secrecy shrouding this development. While the area needs the infusion of quality apartments, joining the Jon Bon Jovi-affiliated buildings along Mt. Pleasant Ave & Broad St, the approach towards media inquiries about this development, employed by RPM comes across as unprofessional with an air of condescension. Why, judging by their approach to disseminating very little information about this project, does RPM not feel that concerned parties deserve to be privy to site renderings, total project square footage and/or information about ground-level retail?
    Let’s hope the dearth of information about the project isn’t indicative of RPM’s planned property management stance, towards the area’s residents.

  2. Affordable for who? How , who are they renting these developments too . It’s never the resisidence from around here anyway the prices are too high.

  3. Progress and development. Newark does not need anymore “entitlement” type housing. Newark has a very high public housing stock per capital, in fact it’s one of the highest in the country. Newark needs an influx of middle income, working residents for it to survive, and ratables. Maybe a little gentrification would be good for the city, there is a lot of blight in the city, you don’t see that in Jersey City or even Elizabeth. Also, no one is being displaced, these developments are built on previously vacant land or buildings that were vacant for some time. On another note, Newark needs to fix its streets, potholes and cracks on virtually every street. The sad thing is that the city Department of Public Works only has one pothole repair truck and crew for the entire city!


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