Gomes Group Proposes 165-Unit Mixed-Use Project in University Heights, Newark

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Gomes Group New Development University Heights Newark
Site of proposed development: 53-55 Newark Street and 62-84 Norfolk Street in University Heights, Newark. Image via Google Maps/Satellite View.

A developer that has already constructed a number of buildings in Newark’s University Heights neighborhood and proposed other projects in the area could receive approval in the coming days for a complex that would be among the largest in its immediate vicinity.


Gomes Group, LLC, which is responsible for projects such as a new five-story building on Orange Street and the proposed adaptive reuse of the former Newark Renaissance House, has formed a proposal for a mixed-use project at 53 and 55 Newark Street along with 62-72, 74-78, 80, 82, and 84 Norfolk Street.

The company wants to “demolish the existing vacant buildings on the site” and construct a building with around 165 residential units and 3,175 square feet of retail space, according to a notice of hearing. The development is listed as being five stories tall on its Newark Street side and six stories tall on the Norfolk Street side.

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The proposed pricing of the units has not yet been released.

The building is also slated to include 34 parking spaces and features such as a gym, movie room, and roof terrace, the notice says.

These properties can be found between Central and Sussex avenues in a residential and commercial part of the Central Ward. They are within a short walk of the Norfolk Street stop on the Newark Light Rail.

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Since Gomes Group, LLC is requesting preliminary and final site plan approval from the Newark Central Planning Board for this project, the public will get a chance to weigh in regarding this matter during a virtual meeting on Monday, September 13, at 6:00 p.m.

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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