Massive Proposal Could Bring 300 Units to Midtown Elizabeth

Midtown Elizabeth New Jersey Three Tower Development Proposal
Three-tower development proposed for lot across Chestnut Street, below the triangle of East Broad Street, Chestnut Street, and Jefferson Avenue. Photo via Google Maps.

Plans for a major new mixed-use complex near one of Union County’s busiest transportation hubs could possibly be approved this week.

Three new buildings, each of which would be nine stories tall, are in the works for 1166-1236 East Broad Street, 1130-1154 Chestnut Street, and 230-238 Jefferson Avenue in Elizabeth. A legal notice from City Hall stated that one of the buildings would contain a combined 300 residential units, with 182 one bedrooms and 118 two bedrooms. In addition, there would also be space for offices, stores, and dining establishments. One of the buildings is even slated to include a restaurant on the ninth floor.

The project developers are listed in the legal notice as C&L East Broad Realty, LLC and C&L 1130-1150 Chestnut Realty, LLC. The firms are seeking Preliminary and Final Site Plan approval from the Elizabeth Planning Board in order to move forward.

The sites sit in the East Broad Street Redevelopment Plan Area on the northern edge of the city’s Midtown neighborhood and are just a stone’s throw away from the New York-bound platform at the main Elizabeth train station. While a large portion of the premises has long been a gated and empty lot, there are several buildings that stand on the eastern side, all of which are set to be demolished under this proposal.

This development comes among several other projects in the neighborhood, including Vinty and the adaptive reuse of Hersh Tower, though this is one of the largest of its kind on the books. The Elizabeth Planning Board is scheduled to hear the matter during its meeting today, Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.


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