124-Unit Building Proposed Near Newark’s Branch Brook Park

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north 5th plaza 77 387 North 5th Street newark
Credit: Inglese Architecture + Engineering

While most new residential developments in Newark are concentrated in the Central and East Wards, some developers are following the city’s public transit network to the north and west. For instance, another new building was just proposed for the upper portion of the West Ward.

According to a legal notice, a five-story development is planned for 377-387 North 5th Street, between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue, in Newark’s Roseville neighborhood. The structure is slated to include 124 rental units atop 120 parking spaces. It will be designed by East Rutherford, Bergen County-based Inglese Architecture + Engineering, whose website states that the development will be called North 5th Plaza, and will also contain a dog run, a bocce court, a fitness center, and an amenity room.

The project is being proposed by JV Construction & Development, LLC of Vauxhall, Union County, which is also responsible for an upcoming 18-unit building in the Ironbound neighborhood. For this project, according to City records, the company is seeking Preliminary and Final Site Plan Approval with a variance to construct a mid-rise multi-family building, since such structures are not permitted in this zone, as well as variances for height, stories, type, yard setback and lot coverage.

The property, located next to the Essex campus of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families Regional Schools, has contained a large gated vacant lot in recent years. Previously, there were multiple industrial buildings on the premises.

Residents of the new development would live within walking distance of Branch Brook Park and Kasberger Field, as well as the Park Avenue Station on the Newark Light Rail and NJ Transit bus service along the Park Avenue corridor.

The Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment heard the proposal during its meeting this Thursday, June 8th meeting at City Hall.

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