Development near train stations has been a trend in recent years across Northern New Jersey, and East Orange in Essex County is no exception.
Although vacant lots had been abundant throughout the city, in recent years, there have been more building proposals in many of its neighborhoods, especially near the Brick Church Train Station. One such application was recently made for 125-129 Halsted Street, at the northwest corner of Harvard Street, within the East Orange Transit Village District’s Evergreen Square Halsted Sub-District.
According to a legal notice from the City of East Orange, developer 129 Halsted St., LLC, which was incorporated in December out of West Orange, is planning to construct a residential building with 60 units on the property. 50 parking spaces would be allotted for residents on-site, while another 22 would be provided at a lot around the corner at 55-59 Amherst Street, in order to comply with the City’s requirement for at least 68 spaces.
Ownership of the Amherst Street lot was transferred by the City to ABSG Companies, Inc. for $33,000 in June 2016, according to a City ordinance. Meanwhile, the Halsted Street lot has been vacant for over a decade and is surrounded by a barbed wire fence.
The developer is seeking Site Plan Approval with variances for deficient front yard setback, and will appear before the East Orange Planning Board for a public hearing on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:30pm at City Hall.
The site is situated within a few blocks of other developments that were either recently completed, are under construction, or have been approved, including The Halsted apartments, a Holiday Inn Express hotel, and the 17-story development proposal called The Station at Brick Church.