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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  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.


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