39-Unit Development Planned in Roseville, Newark

159 161 North 6th Street Roseville Newark
Site of proposed development: 159-161 North 6th Street, Roseville, Newark. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

Thousands of people pass through Newark’s Roseville section on a daily basis while commuting on Interstate 280 or on New Jersey Transit (NJT) trains or buses. The neighborhood, which is located near the East Orange border, largely consists of single-family and two-family homes, with the exception of businesses along Orange Street and 7th Avenue. Now, several properties in Roseville could potentially be converted into the community’s first new residential development of its kind.

A development firm called 8 Ball Construction, LLC is proposing a multifamily complex on four neighboring properties by the NJT train tracks. A legal notice that was released earlier this month shows that the planned building at 159-161 North 6th Street and 162-166 North 5th Street would be 60 feet tall and consist of five stories. Inside, there would be 39 residential units, though it is not clear how many bedrooms would be in each unit.

19 parking spaces would be constructed on the site, despite the zone’s requirement for one space per unit. While the train tracks might be adjacent to the premises, the nearby Roseville station has been closed for decades. There is NJT bus service within a few blocks of the property and the Newark Light Rail’s Orange Street station is less than half a mile from the site, though there is no public transportation in the immediate vicinity of the tracts.

The site itself contains a house and a vacant lot on the North 5th Street side while the North 6th Street side features a garage used to contain businesses like Simbi Used Cars and Pierre Auto Center.

162 166 North 5th Street Roseville Newark
5th Street side of the proposed development, Roseville, Newark. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

Since buildings of this kind are not currently allowed in this zone, the developer is looking to receive several variances from the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment in order to move forward with the project. A hearing is scheduled for the board’s meeting on Thursday, January 24, at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall. Use, height, lot coverage, and parking variances are among those that are being sought by 8 Ball Construction, according to the notice.

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. While the article fails to mention the commercial corridor along the neighborhood’s namesake thoroughfare, Roseville Avenue, near the National Guard Armory, I’ve felt that Roseville is one of Newark’s under-developed hidden gems.
    I’ve always wondered why several City administrations failed to lobby NJ Transit to place a commuter rail station on the Morris & Essex Line, which runs through the neighborhood. It would spur the creation of a transit village, seemingly overnight. The same station could also support an extension of the Newark Light Rail, providing area residents with redundant mass transit options, which is critical to spurring development in high-density areas.
    Another potential redevelopment site is the massive, hulking, abandoned residential towers at the corner of Roseville and 7th Avenues…

    • I totally agree I’ve been saying NJT needs to reopen the Roseville station! Unfortunately if the do taxes will increase tremendously! Pushing what very little middle class we have in the area 🤷🏽‍♀️

    • I totally agree I’ve been saying NJT needs to reopen the Roseville station! Unfortunately if they do taxes will increase tremendously! Pushing what very little middle class we have in the area Away🤷🏽‍♀️

  2. they should get rid of that apartment complex at that corner its been empty for years, use that property and yes it should at least be 1 parking per tenant.

  3. Georgianna Tutler I’m the developer please contact me I have another building I did on 140 Sussex Ave that currently we have only One unit left which is a one bedroom unit.

    if interested please let me know. My number is 9732770318

    Lastly the building is 43 total units at 140 Sussex Ave and we only have 13 parking spots. We have tenants who are united airline flight attendants who don’t have cars, we have entrepreneurs who use mass transit to get to work, We have teachers who work at North Star across the street and near by business’s /schools who also don’t drive. Parking every year is less necessary. Also the article fails to mention but we are not 1/2 mile away from the ornage street station we are only 1200 feet away which is less then a 5 minute walk.

    This development is a great beginning to an area that has not had a development in this size in decades. Hopefully everyone can support my vision and my dream to change newark one building at at time. I’m newark born and raised my entire life. I went to grammar school in newark and then st benedicts academy in newark and continue to stay in Newark because of my passion for the city of Newark.

    Thank You to everyone who posted your thoughts/ opinions / & feedback.

  4. We need more new apartments, so
    Maybe the rent go down people are crazy
    This days.
    Ironbound 2 bedrooms 1600.1800.a mount?


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