Site plans that were just released by Newark’s municipal government provide additional insight into a two-building development that is being proposed adjacent to the Newark Museum of Art.
New renderings from Philadelphia-based KSS Architects illustrate what the complex at 65, 67, 69, and 71 Washington Street, 61, 63, 65, 69, 71-73, and 75-83 Central Avenue, and 146 University Avenue in the city’s Central Ward could look like. They also show that this L+M Development Partners project is being referred to as “Museum Parc.”
As Jersey Digs first reported on Monday, the Newark Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission received an application from NMA Owners, LLC that calls for a $30 million development that would be made up of a six-story building and a 12-story building.
The six-story structure would contain a 4,000-square-foot gallery for the neighboring museum along with 90 apartments while the 12-story building would include 160 apartments and roughly 2,400 square feet of retail space, according to the application.
A document from KSS Architects that was released by the City of Newark does not specify the proposed pricing of the apartments, but notes that “studios, one, two, and three bedroom market rate and affordable units will provide a diverse range of housing options for the community.”
“Museum Parc preserves and honors all of the existing Museum buildings while expanding the Museum’s existing sculptural park and adding new modern gallery space that can provide additional installation space and community engagement opportunities for the Museum,” the file adds. “The Parc also expands opportunities for green space and pedestrian access through the space by the removal of parts of the surrounding Museum wall, welcoming neighbors and visitors alike to enjoy the new park.”
The renderings indicate that the gallery would be situated around the current location of Horizon Plaza by the corner of Central Avenue and Washington Street. Meanwhile, the 12-story building would be at the northeast corner of Central and University avenues.
The commission is scheduled to hear the proposal for Museum Parc during a virtual public meeting that will be held over Zoom on Wednesday, July 7, at 6:00 p.m.
Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Newark Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission and other governing bodies are subject to change.