Board Approves Changes to Newark’s 155 Washington Street Project

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A firm associated with L+M Development Partners is adaptively reusing the longstanding 18-story former parking garage at 155 Washington Street and plans to construct a new four-story building in order to create a large mixed-use project. Image credit Inglese Architecture + Engineering via the meeting.

Minor modifications have been made to a development plan for a Downtown Newark property that was sold last year by Rutgers University for more than $9 million.

During its meeting on July 20, the Newark Central Planning Board approved changes to the proposal for 155 Washington Street. The developer, a firm associated with L+M Development Partners called 155 Washington Street Urban Renewal, LLC, is adaptively reusing the longstanding 18-story former parking garage at the site and plans to construct a new four-story building in order to create a large mixed-use project.

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Construction began on the premises in late 2019 and calls for a total of 250 residential units in both buildings and 6,250 square feet of retail space. Image credit Inglese Architecture + Engineering via the application.

Construction began on the premises in late 2019. The proposal now calls for a total of 250 residential units in both buildings and 6,250 square feet of retail space at the site, according to a notice.

A Newark Central Planning Board staff report prepared by John Barree noted that three live-work units that were supposed to be included along Warren Street have been eliminated from the proposal.

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Image credit Inglese Architecture + Engineering via the meeting.

The pedestrian mews that would have connected Washington Street with an inner courtyard were also removed from the plans, according to the report, which added that “the new four-story building has been reconfigured to connect with the existing building and extend along the Washington Street frontage.”

Given that the elimination of live-work units allowed for an increase in retail space, Barree’s report questioned if there was any concern about the viability of retail and a possible increase in demand for live-work spaces “as more people work from home in the post-Covid world.”

The amended proposal still includes institutional space for Rutgers University-Newark. A plan shown during the meeting by Alex Merlucci of Inglese Architecture + Engineering indicated that a cafe could be situated at the corner of Washington and Warren Streets.

“While the proposed development includes two separate and distinct buildings, it is the intention of the applicant to provide amenities within the existing building available for use by all tenants throughout the development including those in the new building,” according to the site plans. “In addition, the ground floor bike room in the existing building will be for use by tenants of both buildings.”

This hearing was not the only discussion of an L+M project during the meeting on July 20, The Newark Central Planning Board also granted minor subdivision approval for a .65-acre parking area on the premises of Georgia King Village. Attorney Marsha Moore told the board that this area could involve a future project with residential units and a health facility, but the development plans were not part of the application that was approved.

The July 20 meeting came nearly a month after the Newark Municipal Council adopted a resolution authorizing the sale and issuance of up to $1.25 million in redevelopment area bonds to Prudential in connection with the 155 Washington Street project.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. As long as it doesn’t involve Yankel Tauber of Ramsey NJ who owns many properties in the downtown area and is nothing but a land banker who doesn’t maintain the vacant property at 607 Broad St. which is the old Griffith building. Graffiti on the side of the second floor near the roof can be seen from blocks away and they get up there by climbing the scaffolding in front. The lights under the scaffolding don’t work because they had the electricity cut off to save a few dollars, the light bulbs are still in tact. And that Cottage Street Orbit of Tempe Arizona is no better, they own the vacant property on Broad St between Central and New St. They also don’t maintain their property. Graffiti on the roof area that can be seen from a long distance, Code Enforcement has been there but no response from either Yankel Tauber or Cottage Street Orbit.

  2. By the way Cottage Street Orbit is a subsidiary of Prudential and is using a Tempe Arizona address for the properties they own on Broad St between Central and New St with the graffiti on the side of the building near the second level roof area. They own many properties in the Downtown area and should at least try to keep them clean and graffiti free. I live in the area and I’m tired of looking at the eyesores. Yankel Tauber of Ramsey NJ owns the old Griffith building at 607 Broad St. and they do the exact same thing. Graffiti, scaffolding lights that don’t work because they had the electricity cut off to save a few dollars. They climb the scaffolding to get up to the side roof area. Code Enforcement has been notified about both.

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