Newark Plans to Sell Weequahic Property for $46K to Make Way for 32-Unit Project

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256 262 Lyons Avenue Newark
256-262 Lyons Avenue, Newark. Image via Google Maps/Street View.

A parking lot in Newark’s South Ward that is owned by the City of Newark might not be undeveloped or under municipal ownership for much longer.

The Newark Municipal Council adopted a resolution on September 22 authorizing the sale and redevelopment of 256-262 Lyons Avenue, a property located at the corner of Clinton Place in the Weequahic neighborhood.

The resolution states that the tract is expected to be sold for $46,040 to Freeman Street-based Tactical Development Group, LLC through a private sale. It notes that the company has proposed a development with 32 residential units, retail space, and parking, adding that the apartments would be “affordable and market rate rental units.”

The property has an assessed value of $310,500, according to the resolution.

A website for a company branding itself as TACTICAL Development Group says that it was founded by Tolani Onigbanjo, Antonio Hawthorne and Cameron Fontaine who are “answering the call to action from Mayor Ras Baraka for Newark, NJ residents to purchase and invest in city-owned properties, vacant lots and procure contracting opportunities.”

The premises are situated within a few blocks of George Washington Carver Elementary School, the Bruce Street School for the Deaf, New Jersey Regional Day School, St. Peter’s Park, and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. An ordinance that was adopted back in 2009 authorized leasing 256-262 Lyons Avenue to the hospital.

New Jersey Transit’s 13, 37, and 107 bus lines to Irvington, Downtown Newark, Clifton, South Orange, and Manhattan serve the area.

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  1. 2Chapman Pl Irvington, NJ
    In the times of COVID19 an illegal enterprise is thriving threatening PUBLIC HEALTH and SAFETY!!! The entire top floor is being used as an illegal salon, saloon, brothel and overall Opioid, Heroin Den Haven for various criminal activity and gang hangout. The crimes are committed in the building more or less than around the building. The FatBoy gang which has been on the local, county, State and Federal radar for sometime now are blatantly putting the Public AT RISK! With federal, state, county and local mandates on the PANDEMIC this should be more than enough Probable Cause for warrants to be issued for entry. Here you will find a plethora of criminal underworld dealings from the lowest to the highest of echelons.
    The FATBOY GANG that has expanded quietly into all levels of the criminal underworld. This includes but are not to: Benefit/Marriage Fraud, Bulk Cash Smuggling/Financial Crimes, Child Exploitation (pornography, pedophilia and molestation), Cyber Crimes, Employment/Exploitation of Unlawful Workers, F/M Student Violations (Including OPT), Fugitive Criminal Alien Harboring, Various Gang Set Relations, Human Rights Violations, Human Smuggling, Human Trafficking (Forced Sex Labor/Slavery), Immigration Telefraud, Intellectual Property Rights, Narcotics Smuggling, Terroristic Threats/Extortion, Trade Exportation Violation, Trade Importation Violation, Weapons Smuggling, Racketeering, Illegal Alcohol and Tobacco Sales, as well as, Illegal Gambling and Betting to name a few. I They are connected to various criminal organizations throughout the Tri-state area, as well as, the eastern seaboard and countrywide. This location allows them to use the interstate and international hubs that are in close proximity to the area via I-95, I-80, I-78 and other routes and also the rail system via Newark and New York Penn Stations and also the various airports in the area. Their main street hangout is Stuyvesant Ave mainly from Chancellor Ave to Springfield Ave up to Chapman and beyond. They have held up in the building a particular family, the Azconas. Anacleta ‘Julia’ Azcona is a young lady that they forced into prostitution along with her sister Yolanda Beird. Julia has a home based salon business that they use to launder some of their illegal monies. She was lured into life by a blonde Latina older female who is a top shot caller in the organization. You may find the salon in apartment 23 which is Julia’s mother’s apartment. Julia’s mother doesn’t speak English and is not aware of her daughter’s dilemma. Apartment 33 directly above is Julia’s apartment and Blondie’s apartment is 43 directly above Julia’s. Blue late model BMW w/ license (R24 or 42 HTM) is connected with Blondie. Chevy Impala w/license plate (V74 LFG) maybe connected to Black.
    Due to COVID19 federals policys shifted to give states full control and jurisdiction to target, slow the spread and mitigate. If interagency assistance were needed Detective Carter from Essex County Prosecutors office 877TIPSEC4, Dave and/or Sargent Lacek from the NJ State Troopers Gang Unit 9738810580 and/or Detective Scott 7322327047 of the same unit. Further help may garnered from Pete Layne 9738652650 and/or Lt. James Hollar of NJ State Troopers. NJSCSU may also be of assistance 9738811226. In the PANDEMIC times all hands should be on deck.
    The leaders of this gang go by the names Titan (huge fella as the name implies), Black (self explanatory as well) Blondie (once again the name says it all) and Rico (an overcompensating young twerp of latino descent). They also use Julia’s signature to open illegal barbershops and salons around the state to further help launder theirs and affiliates illegal profits. They are a Blood set that has assumed and do business with various gangs and set including but not limited to Crips and the MS-13, as well as, various other criminal organizations and enterprises. They may also have ties within law enforcement local municipalities, county, state and maybe even federal. I have reported this to local, county, state and other various federal agencies, such as, Detective Molina of the Irvington PD, the ATF, DEA, ICE. This is why interjurisdictional can and/or may be needed. I reported this to the NJ State Public Health Department.

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