Developer Seeks to Bring Mixed-Use Building with Over 100 Units to Hillside

1202 1222 North Broad Street Hillside Nj
Site of proposed development: 1202-1222 North Broad Street in Hillside between Newark and Elizabeth. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

A group of properties located along a busy road connecting Newark’s South Ward and Midtown Elizabeth might become the site of a new four-story residential and retail development.

The Township of Hillside in Union County received an application from a company called Sumo Hillside, Inc. that involves 1202, 1216, and 1222 North Broad Street, three tracts located across the street from Evergreen Cemetery near Coe Avenue.

This matter is scheduled to go before the Hillside Zoning Board of Adjustment during a meeting that will be held over Zoom on Wednesday, July 21, at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting agenda says that Sumo Hillside, Inc.’s proposal calls for 112 residential units, 6,439 square feet of retail space, and 132 parking spaces, while a notice of hearing from the company’s attorney says that 111 units and 6,471 square feet of retail space are planned.

In order to move forward with the project, the developer is seeking preliminary and final site plan approval with use, floor area ratio, height, setback, and parking variances, according to the notice.

A newspaper from 1942 indicates that part of the site was once home to a florist known as Geo. E. Jacobi, Inc., but in more recent years, the premises have largely not been utilized. A portion of the site long contained a small building that appeared to have sat vacant for more than a decade.

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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