Apartment Building Approved for Residential Paterson Block

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25 31 Hemlock Street Paterson Site Street View
25-31 Hemlock Street, Paterson. Site of future Hemlock Apartments. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

A neighborhood in New Jersey’s third largest city will soon be home to its first new multifamily residential development in decades.

On December 6th, the Paterson Planning Board granted Site Plan approval with bulk variances to Clifton-based Larama Homes Realty in order to construct a five-story apartment building at 25-31 Hemlock Street, between Main Street and Getty Avenue in the city’s dense South Paterson neighborhood. According to a legal notice from the Board, the new development is slated to include a total of 56 units, with half of the apartments containing one bedroom each while the other half will contain two bedrooms each. 67 parking spaces will also be provided on the premises, all of which will be outdoors underneath the apartments at the street level.

The initial plans for the project in October called for the structure to also include 1,575 square feet of retail space and 60 parking spaces, but the updated legal notice did not list any retail space associated with the project.

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A rendering for the development that was posted by TAPinto Paterson shows that it is being referred to as ‘Hemlock Apartments’ and that it is being designed by Paterson-based Heritage Madison Architecture. The rendering also indicates that many of the units will have private decks.

This 25,500 square foot site is situated within the Mixed-Use Hospital Zone since it is just across the New Jersey Transit train tracks from St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center. Currently, the site consists of two largely vacant properties surrounded by fencing. However, within the past year, two houses that were located on the premises were demolished.

When completed, residents of the Hemlock Apartments will be within walking distance of jitneys and New Jersey Transit buses to Manhattan as well as several of the neighborhood’s notable restaurants including Coconut Cafe and El Rancho Paisa.

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