Gomes Group Plans Over 100 Units in Newark’s Central Ward

Gomes Group Development Proposed 254 270 Orange Street Newark
Site of the proposed development. 254-270 Orange St., Newark. Photo via Google/Maps.

Multiple adjacent lots in a Newark neighborhood could become the site of the first new development of its kind in the immediate vicinity.

Gomes & Gomes Development, LLC, which appears to be affiliated with the Gomes Group, has filed an application with the Newark Central Planning Board is order to construct the proposed five-story building in the Central Ward. The project would consist of 105 residential units and 4,250 square feet of retail space, according to a legal notice. Under the proposal, the development is expected to be built at 254, 256, 258-260, 262-264, 266, 268, and 270 Orange Street along with neighboring 12 Newark Street, all of which are situated within the Broad Street Station Redevelopment Plan Area.

Gomes Group Development Proposed 254 270 Orange Street Newark Lot
Site of the proposed development. 254-270 Orange Ave, Newark. Photo via Google/Maps.

Other details regarding the project, including the pricing of the units and the amenities that could be included in the building, have yet to be released. Additional information is likely to be revealed when the Newark Central Planning Board is scheduled to take up the matter during its meeting on Monday, June 17 at 6:30pm. Gomes & Gomes Development, which is registered out of an address in the Ironbound, is looking to obtain Preliminary and Final Site Plan approval along with a variance for street trees, according to the notice.

The Orange Street corridor has largely not seen the types of new apartment buildings that have been popping up in nearby areas of New Jersey’s largest city as of late. However, the former site of the Armory Tavern at the corner of Newark Street and Sussex Avenue a block away was recently replaced with a 20-unit mixed-use development by the Gomes Group while a similar project now stands at the corner of Sussex Avenue and Norfolk Street. In addition, plans have been floated in recent years to redevelop the former Peddlers Square/Borden Dairy and Baxter Terrace sites in the neighborhood, yet with the exception of the Baxter Park complex that opened six years ago on a small part of the former Baxter Terrace property, the status of those proposals remains unclear.

Meanwhile, some of the site where Gomes & Gomes Development’s new building on Orange Street could be constructed has sat vacant for close to a decade, while other parts of the premises contain multiple buildings, including the Jimmy’s Golden Crest Family Restaurant. The area is served by multiple New Jersey Transit bus lines. It is also within a half-mile of the Newark Broad Street train station and both the Orange and Norfolk Street light rail stations.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Newark Central Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.



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