City of East Orange Supports Replacing Undeveloped Lot With Mixed-Use Project

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After plans for a 17-story tower at 20-30 Evergreen Place in East Orange were scrapped, the city is once again looking to redevelop the site. Image via Google Maps.

Several years after plans for a 17-story tower near an Essex County train station were scrapped, municipal officials will soon begin planning for the redevelopment of the property.

Back in 2017, Jersey Digs reported that a massive complex known as The Station at Brick Church was in the works for 20-30 Evergreen Place in East Orange. The project was expected to bring hundreds of apartments and retail space to the parcel, but the proposal did not continue to advance.

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Rendering of the previously planned 17-story tower. Credit: Clark Caton Hintz

In response to questions about the status of the tract, East Orange Policy, Planning, and Development director Dan Jennings stated that “we have hit the pause button on 20-30 [Evergreen Place] and are focused on other key projects such as the Crossings at Brick Church and City Hall Plaza.” However, he added that “in the coming weeks, we will work with the City Council to develop guidelines for the site’s redevelopment. We will use those guidelines to select a developer.”

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A Request for Qualifications that was issued by East Orange’s municipal government in March in reference to the proposed redevelopment of properties near City Hall Plaza included a map of development activity in Essex County’s second largest city. The map listed 20-30 Evergreen Place as a $150 million project with 500 units in the pipeline.

Jennings told Jersey Digs that in general, “we support a large-scale mixed use development” that would likely include an “affordable housing component,” but that the upcoming guidelines would have additional details.

This matter is expected to go before the East Orange City Council four to six months from now, at which time members of the public will have a chance to weigh in.

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