A Newark property that is a familiar sight to commuters and fans of “The Sopranos” has a new owner, but it is not yet known what changes will be coming to the site.
Property sales records show that the old Valley Landscape site, located at 1136-1146 McCarter Highway/Route 21 near the Passaic River, Interstate 280, and the tracks used by New Jersey Transit’s Morris and Essex and Montclair-Boonton lines, was sold in the fall of 2019 for $950,000. The new owner, a firm simply named 1136 McCarter Highway, LLC, acquired the tract from Nicholas Valenta of Paupack, Pennsylvania.
The Valley Landscape, Inc. water tower on the premises was one of several regional sites to be included in the opening credits of “The Sopranos.” In recent years, the structure has been used as a cell site.
Filings from the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services show that 1136 McCarter Highway, LLC was incorporated in May 2019. Carmelo Garcia is listed in state documents as 1136 McCarter Highway, LLC’s registered agent and in county documents as the company’s co-managing member. It is not clear whether or not this is the same Carmelo Garcia as the individual who has served multiple positions in Newark over the years, including Chief Development Officer.
The public official named Carmelo Garcia could not be reached for comment.