‘Lafayette Street Residence’ Project May Come to Newark’s Ironbound

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Plan for proposed development at 197-199 Lafayette Street, Newark. Elevations by Palermo Edwards Architecture released by the City of Newark.

Two adjacent houses in Newark’s East Ward might be torn down and replaced with a new mixed-use development.


An application sent into the City of Newark says that a six-story building could be constructed at 197 and 199 Lafayette Street, which are situated between Union and Prospect streets in the Ironbound section.

The document describes plans by 197 Lafayette Street, LLC to bring 22 residential units, 2,836 square feet of ground-floor retail space, a community room, and a gym to the site. Parking for cars would not be provided on the premises, though architectural plans from Palermo Edwards Architecture indicate that a bike storage room would be included in the building.

Antonio and Alina Lolo are identified in a disclosure statement as each owning half of 197 Lafayette Street, LLC.

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Plan for proposed development at 197-199 Lafayette Street, Newark. Elevations by Palermo Edwards Architecture released by the City of Newark.

Site plans from Grant Engineering & Construction Group, LLC that were released by Newark’s municipal government refer to this development as “Lafayette Street Residence” and note in part that “the project is located in an area determined to be within [a] 100 year floodplain pursuant to the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map.”

The two properties are located one block south of the Ferry Street corridor and are less than half a mile from Newark Penn Station.

This matter is scheduled to go before the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment during a meeting over Zoom on Thursday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m. The meeting agenda says that the applicant is looking for variances ranging from exceeding the maximum building height to exceeding the maximum lot coverage.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment and other commissions are subject to change.

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