14-Story Building Planned as Part of Newark’s Four Corners Millennium Project

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Proposed development at Washington and Market Streets: 101 Market Street, Newark. Rendering courtesy Inglese Architecture + Engineering.

Plans by a Newark-based developer to construct a new mixed-use development at an intersection in the city’s downtown could soon gain the necessary permissions to advance.

101 Market Street Urban Renewal, LLC, an affiliate of RBH Group, is planning a 14-story building that would likely bring major changes to the corner of Washington and Market Streets. The company, which was behind Teachers Village, is looking to construct the building at 93-95, 97-99, and 101-103 Market Street along with neighboring 233-237, 239, and 241-251 Washington Street, according to a legal notice.

The RBH Group is planning for the development to include a total of 226 residential units. Retail space is being proposed for the ground floor while 41 basement parking spaces, a lounge and roof deck for residents, bike storage, a fitness and recreational amenity room, and private terraces are also in the works.

“As currently contemplated the project will be 30% affordable by area,” RBH Group spokesperson Lonnie Soury told Jersey Digs, adding that “due to [the] availability of public investments, this may revert to 20% at a later date.”

The residential portion of the project is expected to consist of studios and units with one, two, and three bedrooms, according to Soury, who confirmed that this development would be part of the Four Corners Millennium Project.

During its meeting on Monday, June 3, at 6:30 p.m., the Newark Central Planning Board is scheduled to hear 101 Market Street Urban Renewal, LLC’s application for Preliminary and Final Site Plan Approval. Multiple variances, including one for insufficient parking, are also being sought.

Jersey Digs exclusively obtained renderings for the project that show that the proposed development would replace all of the existing buildings on the six tracts that make up the site. City tax records show that the premises, which are located across the street from the old Bamberger’s building and a few blocks south of the underground Washington Street station on the Newark Light Rail, are owned by affiliates of the RBH Group, with the exception of Gambert Realty’s 233-237 Washington Street.

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101 Market Street entrance. Rendering courtesy Inglese Architecture + Engineering.

The buildings at the site have had varying uses over the years. Some, such as 241-251 Washington Street, have long sat vacant, with previous tenants including a furniture store and a hair salon. Meanwhile, others have been home to the Index Art Center, the Newark Bike Exchange, Gambert Custom Shirts, the Seed Gallery, and Art & Artifacts of Newark.

The ages of the existing structures also vary. Records posted by the National Park Service show that 97-99 Market Street dates back to 1890 and that it is “one of the oldest buildings on the westernmost block of Market Street.” However, the building at 239 Washington Street is from 1880 while the neighboring structure is from 1920.

This is not the first recent development plan for the site as part of the Four Corners Millennium Project. Previously, there was a 40-story office tower that had been envisioned for the corner of Washington and Market Streets while other renderings were posted for a proposed 24-story building. The RBH Group’s website also features a rendering for a development on the premises that is quite different from the one that is currently being planned.

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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    • The hell are you talkin about? Nobody lives in downtown Newark it’s virtually a dead zone donut after working hours! And who said only whites are moving in? Most of these Urban developments attract a diverse group with a slight lean towards Asian. Go see who’s moving into Harrison and you will quickly see there’s many Asians a professional blacks moving in as there are whites. This is about you and your ghetto Lobby try to keep the city ghetto she could continue to live comfortably in your comfort zone contributing nothing to the city, being a parasite!

    • I was raised in Newark and all I heard from people like you was how much Newark was a POS and you guys couldn’t wait to get out. The likes of you taught me in Newark schools to study, get A’s and B’s, so that one day I could finally leave Newark! But now other people, especially whites, see the value of Newark & now you get hateful and spiteful. You don’t want them to come in and rebuild the city you did not give a crap about before you knew whites wanted to return! BTW, nobody lives in downtown Newark how long Market Street or Broad and especially Halsey south of Central Ave. The only thing being displaced it’s the lapid dated abandoned buildings above the open cheap retailers at sidewalk level!

  1. Pushing out who? The only thing really lost is the art gallery. These buildings are otherwise old and abandoned for years. Newark can’t fix itself if it can’t even fix its downtown…

    • our city is fighting an enemy on two fronts.
      One front is external and these are the old timers (and some of their kids) that moved out of the city, are still around in the suburbs and hatefully attack any good news about Newark.

      the second front it’s what I call the “ghetto Lobby” within. These are your radical leftist Community activists who opposed everything from a new Kmart or Walmart to a 5 story apartment building citing the same fake vs concerns such as no parking and increased sidewalk and Street congestion. Never mind the fact Newark at its Zenith had an official census population of 460000 in 1954 and it’s believed the population was actually closer to just over 500,000 because of major under counts is what they considered white ethnic communities and African-Americans coming in from the south.

      These are the same residents who have allowed the city to deteriorate for decades, mostly renters and many on public assistance with no intention to improve their lives in any way shape or form because they are comfortable in their comfort zone living off the taxpayer . Others feel they’re stuck in Newark and had every intention in the world to get out of Newark but now they want a piece of the action.


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