Plans by the Newark Parking Authority (NPA) to create a new complex just a stone’s throw away from City Hall appear to be moving forward.
The agency is currently accepting bids from contractors in connection with what it is referring to as the Green Street Mixed-Use Facility. This concept, which has been in the works for over two years, calls for constructing a multipurpose complex at 43-67 Green Street. Currently, the property contains a surface parking lot that stretches south along Mulberry Street to Franklin Street in the East Ward’s Living Downtown Redevelopment Plan Area.
Under the latest proposal, the facility is expected to include a garage with around 515 parking spaces, administrative offices for the NPA, a cafe, and first-floor retail space. The building will be up to 72 feet tall and include five levels of parking.
Originally, the plans, which went before the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment in 2016, called for 649 parking spaces. It will be the first development project of its kind for the NPA, a Park Place-based agency responsible for parking enforcement in New Jersey’s largest city.
Construction documents that were issued in July feature a rendering for the project and identify New Brunswick-based TimHaahs as the “prime designer” for the project. Gilbane is listed as the construction manager while other firms involved included Grant Engineering, Netta Architects, CEC, Inc., RDS Associates, and Lewis Consulting Group.