In Rare Decision, Newark Zoning Board Denies Plans for Ivy Hill Self-Storage Facility

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Proposed four-story self-storage facility, Ivy Hill, Newark.

A plan to bring a self-storage facility to the Ivy Hill section of Newark will have to be stored away.

The Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment denied an application that called for constructing the four-story facility at the corner of Irvington Avenue and Manor Drive in the West Ward, according to an action notice.

Jersey Digs first reported on the self-storage proposal back in March. At the time, a firm named Ivy Hill Section I, LLC was seeking preliminary and final major site plan approval to move forward with the 121,828-square-foot project.

Ivy Hill Self Storage Newark Rendering 4
The site is at the edge of the West Ward’s Ivy Hill neighborhood close to the municipal limits of Maplewood and South Orange.

The property where the building would have been developed is situated across Irvington Avenue from Maplewood and across Manor Drive from the Ivy Hill Park Apartments, one of the largest residential complexes in Newark.

“The application was originally before the Board on March 8, 2021, where the motion failed with a 4-3 vote and before the Board again on August 19, 2021, for reconsideration,” the notice says.

The denial decision was reportedly memorialized on September 30.

The Newark Central Planning Board and the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment regularly hear applications for new projects across the city, but it is rare for either board to reject plans for a sizable project. This facility would have been one of the largest new buildings constructed within city limits west of the Garden State Parkway in recent memory.


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