Super Modern Lotus 315 Development Nearing Completion

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Under construction: Lotus 315, East Orange. Rendering via Lotus 315 website.

Construction is wrapping up on a major new mixed-use development while plans for other projects are in the works on a street in Essex County.

The Lotus 315 building now rises seven stories over the corner of South Harrison Street and East Highland Avenue in East Orange. The development, named in part because of its address, was initially expected to include 168 residential units upon completion. However, according to a legal notice, the East Orange Zoning Board of Adjustment adopted a resolution during its October 10 meeting that will allow developer 315 Urban Renewal, LLC to feature 180 apartments in the building instead. The units will be a mixture of studios, one bedrooms, and two bedrooms.

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Lotus 315, East Orange. Rendering via Lotus 315 website.

In addition, while approving the developer’s request for amended approvals, the Zoning Board allowed the firm to now include a total of 33,842 square feet of commercial space on the building’s ground floor. Of that, a 21,146-square-foot space is expected to contain a supermarket, though a tenant has not yet been announced. A 4,825-square-foot restaurant with 100 seats, a 3,435-square-foot bank, and a general 4,436-square-foot retail space are also planned for Lotus 315, which is now slated to include 299 parking spaces on the premises. 91 of those spots would be reserved for the businesses on the property.

Although the property sits just a few blocks away from the Central Avenue business district, South Harrison Street is a largely residential block that has not had a commercial presence until now. The corridor is lined with high-rise apartment buildings overlooking the Manhattan skyline, including Harrison Park Towers, The Park View at 320, Aura 240, and Indigo 141.

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Lotus 315, East Orange. Rendering via Lotus 315 website.

The Lotus 315 project has been in the works for at least two-and-a-half years. Previously, the site contained a massive empty lot. Signs that are currently posted in front advertise a “trendsetting urban lifestyle” with “contemporary apartments,” listing the developer as Newark-based Blackstone 360. A green roof garden, library, lounge, and fitness center for residents are also planned, according to the project website.

As crews are putting the finishing touches on Lotus 315, other developments are in the works for this thoroughfare, which connects Monte Irvin Orange Park and Orange’s Seven Oaks Park neighborhood with the Brick Church Train Station. As we reported at the beginning of this year, Blackstone 360 has proposed an 18-story apartment building with 201 units at 256-260 South Harrison Street while a 103-unit development is rising where an abandoned apartment building used to stand at 125 South Harrison Street. Plus, according to a legal notice, the East Orange Planning Board has scheduled a hearing for December 5 in connection with plans to add 71 to units to the Indigo 141 development.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. That’s all interesting and fun but no mention on affordable Rental apartments for tenants that have resided in Essex county and parents who send their children to the excellent schools. Because i as s disabled resident with children who wish to graduate in East Orange should not be forced to move out because my social security disability income doesn’t qualify my family as a economic necessity to the growing community. Where’s the low income residents going to be able to live ? #gentrification.

    • Your income doesn’t qualify you an economic necessity…sorry, that’s how life works. Real estate and big business are what brings long-term development and improvements to an area, not low-income renters who tend to take more from the community then they can provide, and who can pick up and leave anytime. If you want to see East Orange thrive, you can’t complain when developments come. South Harrison is one street of many. You can live anywhere else in East Orange…

  2. How many of those units are AFFORDABLE housing? By law, there should be a specific amount of units available for “affordable housing”.

  3. Consider that this development will pay property taxes and bring new residents to EO that spend money supporting local retail in turn supporting local jobs and property taxes. Thus improving the local EO govt ability to pay for services for its residents including lo mod income folks.

  4. I also am interested in how many will be offered to low to moderate income families. These new developments are beautiful but the market rent is not affordable to my income class as a single working parent living in E.O.

    • Sorry but if you can’t afford to live in a luxury building, there are plenty of other “affordable” places to live in East Orange…pretty much anywhere else in East Orange, or even another apartment on S. Harrison. People with low-to-moderate income don’t expect to afford an Upper West Side high rise on a limited income so why is there always an expectation that a luxury building anywhere else should be available to provide champagne amenities for those on a beer budget. As a homeowner here, I appreciate these new buildings coming and bringing more money and taxes into the city. Homeowners’ taxes are really keeping the city afloat and it’s crippling us. If people really want the city to grow, they need to allow these improvements to happen so the ones who are really carrying the weight don’t pick up and leave and EO turns into one giant project building for renters. You have to give to get something.

      • @Sandra “Ones who are really caring the weight”? You can not be serious. I completely understand how bringing nicer developments into a city can help the city thrive; however, in that same instance these new and more expensive buildings will change the way other building owners see East Orange. They all will want to fix up their apartment buildings and sky rocket the rent, which will leave their tenants where????? Not to mention people who have paid off their homes, and now property taxes have gone so high they may lose the home they’ve built for their family. It isn’t a matter of telling people how this works, it’s providing them a solution with where will the residents of East Orange move to when the majority of the city gets “built up”. Should they just move out of state? How is that a rational option? I personally would love to see better looking cities; however, it has to be done in a matter that still caters to their residents, because they are who keeps the town afloat.

  5. I currently live in a building in Jersey City with residents who make up those who benefit from “affordable housing” and I’m running to Lotus as soon as it opens because my neighbors are horrible. I’m a single woman who works and only a handful of my neighbors work, the rest are home all day and tearing up our building. If I have to pay more in rent to benefit from amenities and peace of mind, SO BE IT!

  6. All I have to say is, people who really want change should embrace it when it comes. If you continue to have a “low income” mentality then you will always only be able to afford low income space. Thank God that they are available, but stay within your means. I come from a low income family growing up but have worked hard not selling drugs or the likes and actually making something of myself, just like many other people. When something like this comes into a community people should strive to improve their living condition. This brings hope. Property owners can now hope that their property value will increase as well; but I say this with a grain of salt as they have to put the work into maintaining and improving their property as well. I try to see all sides and not complain. If you can find it within yourself to really complain then it’s because you can’t afford it, and if that’s the case try to get a side business or something started because when people really want something they will do what they have to do to get it. Think about that and do not get mad at those who can, and those who can afford it don’t look down on those who can’t afford remember you’re still renting and do not own your apartment so who is the real winner here?

  7. “They all will want to fix up their apartment buildings.” That’s a good thing…landlords actually have incentive to take care of their slummy buildings, investors would fix up ugly homes hurting surrounding home values, and higher income people would be attracted to diversify the community. A city can’t sustain w/all low income. The only reason making a city better bothers some is because they feel vulnerable. It’s unfortunate but they are vulnerable as long as they rent. The landlord has the power to increase rent and they will, whether it’s in 1, 5, or 10 years. That doesn’t mean you should object to development all together. People just have to be prepared to adapt or become owners.

  8. WHY WHEN WE SEE POSITIVE IMPROVEMENT TO OUR COMMUNITY WE WE START TO COMPLAIN. THE AND EVERY POSITIVE CITY NEEDS A MIXTURE OF RACE.. INCOME… LOW INCOME OR AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND LUXURY BUILDING… THE CITY WILL COLLECT MORE TAXES AND IMPROVE STREET CLEANING,,,, FIX ROADS… BUSINESS WILL COME… AND PROSPER.. CRIME GOES DOWN…. HIRE MORE POLICE AND OTHER FACILITIES. IF ANY CITY HAS ONLY VERY LOW INCOME THEN IT WILL BE CRIME INFESTED BUSINESS THEN DONT WANT TO DO BUSINESS THERE….STREETS FILTY WITH GANGS AND PEOPLE HANGING OUT DOING DRUGS …. PROSTITUTION ETC… EMBRACE POSITIVE ENGERY…. EAST ORANGE IS THE NEXT BIG THING IN AMERICA… WE HAVE A LOT OF LOW INCOME HOUSING…. WE WERE LACKING LUXURY LIVING… INCREASE HOME VALUE. IF YOU WANT THAT THEN MOVE TO PATTERSON OR NEWARK…

  9. I live in Hoboken and wanted to look elsewhere when I came across this. I can pay $1700 for a 1 bedroom in Hoboken, or Jersey City and live on the water. My commute would be 20 minutes, I have every amenity available and guess what…I DON’T LIVE IN EAST ORANGE. This building and its “affordable” prices are a joke. I’m not saying you should have low-income apartments….but if you’re going to build a fancy building and a shit area in jersey…at least price it accordingly. I wouldn’t pay $1000 to live in East Orange…guess I’m renewing my lease!

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