Plans for Newark’s Metropolitan Building Site Now Call for 22-Story Development

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Metropolitan Building 260 Washington Street Newark Drone
The Metropolitan Building on Washington Street in Newark could become soon form the base of a 22-story tower. Image courtesy of Brick Studios.

The firm behind plans for a mixed-use tower in Downtown Newark has made changes to their proposal that could cause an even larger development to be constructed.


272 Washington, LLC, a company with ties to the Hanini Group, is scheduled to go before the Newark Central Planning Board during the virtual meeting on Monday, December 21 to seek preliminary and final site plan approval for the building that is envisioned for 260-266, 268, and 272 Washington Street.

Metropolitan Building 260 Washington Street Newark Rendering
Image courtesy of Brick Studios.

If approved and ultimately built as currently planned, this 22-story development by Branford Place would include 207 residential units, including 124 with one bedroom and 83 with two bedrooms. The proposed pricing of the units is not year clear.

Metropolitan Building 260 Washington Street Newark Featured
Image courtesy of Brick Studios.

The plans also call for five ground-floor retail spaces, a cafe. a third-floor “amenity space,” and a rooftop area with a deck, “outdoor patio dining area,” “expo kitchen area,” and lounge, according to a December 16 municipal staff report.

Parking would not be provided on the premises, with a traffic study from Stonefield Engineering and Design claiming in part that “the variety of available transit options within walking distance of the proposed development would allow for less reliance on vehicular traffic by residents to and from the subject property, thus reducing the parking demand of the proposed development.”

Metropolitan Building 260 Washington Street Newark Demo Plan
Image courtesy of Brick Studios.

Site plans from Brick Studios along with the developer’s application show that the existing buildings at 268, 270, and 272 Washington Street would be torn down in order to make way for the development.

Meanwhile, according to the application, the “frame and structure” of the longstanding three-story Metropolitan Building at 260-266 Washington Street are now expected to be demolished, “with the street-facing front and side facades being preserved and incorporated” into the new project.

Jersey Digs first reported in July that there were plans to bring a mixed-use development to these properties in the Central Ward. At the time, the plans that had been submitted to the City of Newark called for an 18-story high-rise with 167 residential units.

The Newark Central Planning Board’s meeting on Monday is slated to begin over Zoom at 6:00 p.m.

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

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I think 22 stories isn’t enough. Newark needs to release the reigns placed on building heights, and encourage more high-density development, Downtown.
    I recall reading about plans for a couple of supertalls, in the zone of properties affiliated with Richard Meier and Lloyd Blankfien. What has become of those plans? They were designed to build off of the momentum spurred by the Teachers Village neighborhood.
    Developments such as this, help the City achieve its goal of 24-hour activity Downtown. Better foresight needs to be given to ancillary businesses that help complete a vibrant neighborhood. Too many of the current high-rises ignore the need for street-level retail, that add to area vitality and activity.

  2. You’re talking about RBH/SoMa.
    Look up RBH/SoMa on Google images.
    Just Too good to be true.

    Then Google RBH website & prepare yourself for disappointment. That super tall is now a proposed 12 story stub shorter than the former Macy Bamberger complex!

    Typical Newark. I’m 46 and I’ve come to realize nothing will change. It’s just my opinion, but I don’t see Newark ever getting a super tall. 1180, Prudential & lefcourt will never be topped.

    The 30 story Boraire “Shaq2” tower under construction on Market Street and McCarter Highway will not top those two iconic buildings because residential stories are shorter than office stories. It will still be a welcome addition to the Newark Skyline.

  3. Anyone got an update on this 207 unit building on Washington street. Also Jersey city took it’s time to get to a new tallest building the same way Newark is. Some projects do change and it’s very annoying. Shaq tower 2 is going to be Newark third tallest building and that tower is going to give hope to other projects to try and become taller. We already have 2 other towers one approved and other propesed to become the next tallest. The RBH group towers were to good for their time and would had mess up the old fashion skyline. I would had love to see those towers but it’s never going to happen. I know by the end of this decade Newark will have way more buildings in the downtown. Cities live on forever after the humans who live there pass away; there no point of rushing the city because rushing leads to forgetting what matters. If you want Newark to be like Jersey city or Brookyln than become mayor or something.

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