Developer Wants to Bring 29 Residential Units to Newark’s West Ward

355 357 South 20th Street Newark
Site of proposed development: 355-357 South 20th Street at 13th Avenue, Newark. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

A company has applied to bring a new development to a Newark neighborhood that is situated between some of the city’s largest cemeteries.

Newark Portfolio, LLC is planning a four-story multi-family project on the parcels that make up 355-357 South 20th Street and neighboring 566-572 13th Avenue in the West Ward, according to a hearing notice. The company is seeking preliminary and final major site plan approval with variances such as use and density.

The notice says that the proposed development would include 29 residential units. It is not yet clear how much parking is being proposed, but the variances that are reportedly being sought include insufficient parking and insufficient parking garage illumination.

Municipal tax filings list Newark Portfolio, LLC as the owner of a number of properties in the city and associate the company with the same address in Roselle Park that is used by GonSosa Development. The notice mentions that Ricardo Sosa is the managing member of the LLC.

The Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment is scheduled to hear the application during a virtual meeting on Thursday, January 14, at 6:00 p.m.

Part of the premises contains the old Nubian Plaza Apartments site, which appears to have suffered significant damage at some point over the last few years.

This neighborhood is bordered by the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, the Newark Jewish Cemetery, and the Fairmount Cemetery. Although this section of the city has not seen many newly constructed developments lately as some other neighborhoods have, there have been a few projects proposed nearby, the largest of which by far is the plan to bring a 660-unit complex to the old Pabst Blue Ribbon site.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be discussed by the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment and other commissions are subject to change.


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