12 Apartments Proposed by Independence Park in Newark

296 298 Walnut Street Newark
Site of proposed development: 296-298 Walnut Street, Newark. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

A dozen apartments could be coming to the Ironbound neighborhood in Newark should a plan by a developer be approved this week.

The proposal by Manuel Abadin of MAA Realty, LLC to build a four-story 12-unit building at 296 and 298 Walnut Street between Adams and Jefferson Streets is scheduled to go before the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment this Thursday, April 11, at 7:00 p.m. A legal notice shows that the Albert Avenue-based development firm has applied for Preliminary and Final Site Plan approval with several variances, including density and insufficient parking on the premises.

296 and 298 Walnut Street are located in the East Ward less than half a block away from the county-owned Independence Park. Currently, the development site contains a two-story multi-family house, but the existing structure is expected to be demolished in order to make room for the proposed development.

While the Ironbound neighborhood has seen plenty of development proposals over the last few years, most have been close to Ferry Street, New Jersey Railroad Avenue, and Newark Penn Station, with few projects in the works near Independence Park.

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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  1. The City’s agenda for the meeting states that only the garage in the rear is to be demolished. Can you confirm if the existing multifamily building will also be demolished?

  2. I don’t know what’s happening in the Ironbound section of Newark, but it seems to me that there are way to many apartment building going up already. Parking spots have been taken away and the traffic on Ferry, Lafayette, Walnut and Market streets have become almost impassable, especially on Friday nights. You are overcrowding us and forcing lifelong residents to move out. If you want to help the community what you could build is a supermarket that is not owned by a Seabra.

  3. Actually bike lanes could solve a lot of your concerns, Toni, as more people would opt to ride bikes/electric scooters & Skateboards. I don’t quite understand how non-seabra owned supermarkets addresses your stated concern of overcrowding, traffic and lack of parking.


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