Newark Zoning Board Expected to Hear Plans for 24-Unit South Ward Building

47 49 Willoughby Street Newark
Site of proposed development: 47-49 Willoughby Street, Newark. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

A developer wants to bring a four-story building to a block in the South Ward of Newark.

The firm in question, which is simply named 47-49 Willoughby St., LLC, is proposing a project with 24 residential units at 47-49 Willoughby Street, according to a public notice.

The notice mentioned that the company’s plans are scheduled to go before the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment on Thursday, January 14, 2021, during a Zoom meeting at 6:00 p.m. A dozen variances are reportedly being sought in connection with the development application, ranging from use to excessive height to insufficient parking.

Property sales records indicate that 47-49 Willoughby St., LLC bought the premises for $147,000 from Sheriff Armando Fontoura. The deed date is listed as October 29, 2019, but it was reportedly recorded on March 12, 2020.

The notice listed the LLC’s address being along Glenwood Avenue in East Orange, while municipal tax filings include the same address as The UPS Store in Belleville.

This property, which includes a two-story house and an undeveloped area, is located south of I-78 in the Weequahic neighborhood of the city. It is situated between St. James Place and Shaw Avenue, not far from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Irvington’s municipal limits.

The proposed development would include 15 covered parking spaces, according to the notice.

This part of Weequahic is one of the few sections of Newark with direct public bus service to Manhattan, with New Jersey Transit’s 107 line operating along Lyons Avenue. There is also bus service from the neighborhood to Downtown Newark, Ivy Hill, Newark Liberty International Airport, and Clifton.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment and other commissions are subject to change.


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  1. This is the type of higher-density, in-fill housing, that is desperately needed in the city. The surrounding area has the schools, parks, infrastructure and mass transit, to support higher-density developments, than what currently exists on this street.
    The way the article is written, it gives the impression that the property was personally-owned by Sheriff Fontoura. Is this accurate, or was it purchased during a Sheriff’s sale?
    Either way, more developments such as this, are needed in this part of the Weequahic section, to build upon on-going investments made by Beth Israel Medical Center.
    It is with private developments like this, investments in infrastructure, attention to crime and quality of life issues and providing the right climate for economic opportunity, that one re-builds neighborhoods comprehensively.


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