Proposed Three-Family Houses Could Add 27 Units to Newark’s South Ward

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Nine three-family homes have been proposed for Newark’s South Ward along Garibaldi and Pershing avenues. Model A elevations by CREARC, LLC via the City of Newark.

Two of Newark’s southernmost blocks could become home to dozens of additional residents.

Lusa Enterprise, Inc. has submitted plans to the city’s municipal government that call for the construction of nine new houses in the South Ward, west of Newark Liberty International Airport. Each house would include three units.

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Model B elevations by CREARC, LLC via the City of Newark.

The North Arlington-based company’s application covers 20-22, 24-26, and 28-32 Garibaldi Avenue along with 39-41 and 43-53 Pershing Avenue. The document notes that the tracts are currently vacant lots and includes a disclosure statement identifying Lusa Enterprise’s president as Eduardo Albuquerque.

This section of Newark is distant from other neighborhoods of the city, separated from them by train tracks, parking lots, industrial buildings, and major roadways. However, these properties are situated just a few yards north of the edge of Elizabeth’s street grid, with the North Elizabeth train station located less than a mile away.

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Model C elevations by CREARC, LLC via the City of Newark.

The Newark Central Planning Board is scheduled to hear Lusa Enterprise’s request for preliminary, final site plan, and major subdivision approval along with a number of variances during a virtual meeting on Monday, April 5, at 6:00 p.m., according to an agenda.

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


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  1. While I usually support in-fill developments of vacant lots, these cheap, aluminum-sided, Bayonne box-style units are not optimum for this area. The developer, Lusa Enterprise, seems to hope that decision-makers will take a, “something is better than nothing” approach. Hopefully, not in this case.
    While this area of the Dayton section is remote, when compared to other parts of the city, it’s location presents a unique opportunity to remake this slice of Dayton, into a more desirable neighborhood. Many of the elements needed to make a neighborhood desirable exist there, or are in the works.
    This area is close to an abundance of employment options, from the numerous warehouses, hotels & eateries, to the twin 800-lb gorillas, Newark Airport & Port Newark. Existing and planned transit options are located nearby as well: the Newark Int’l Airport rail station, the planned extension of the PATH to Frelinghuysen Ave, to the N. Elizabeth rail station. There’s also the redevelopment of the former cookie factory on Frelinghuysen/Newark Ave’s, that will present additional employment options once brought online.
    These vacant lots present City leaders with an opportunity to remake this neighborhood into one of the city’s more desirable areas. There would need to be re-zoning of the vast swaths of industrial lots that populate the area, but it requires imagination, foresight and planning on the part of City leaders. Additional parks, better streetscaping and lighting would need to be added, along with desirable street-level retail to accommodate an influx of new residents and visitors. With this Administration’s track record, that would require a sharp departure from their norm.
    This proposal, as currently constituted, needs to be rejected outright.

  2. This is near the cemetery and the back of the Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) plant. Some “Bayonne Boxes” are already built and occupied in the area for several years now. It’s kind of an industrial area, with chemical factories on nearby Haynes Ave and on Mclellan St too. Liberty Logistics Center is on Mt.Olivet Ave, formerly a huge pharmaceutical company Pennick Corp used to be located there. Better than nothing I guess.

  3. I hear you Joe, but that’s part of the problem. This city and her residents have been conditioned to settle for far too long. We can do better. I always felt the existing Bayonne boxes were a waste of space. When the new PATH line runs to this area, it will gentrify. The days of Newark just allowing any industrial use in this area are numbered.
    Now, we need visionary leaders who are able to see beyond what’s already there. Not only that, but re-zoning the industrial plants and facilities out of the area, will open the door for greener, eco-friendly usage.
    People want to live near transportation, employment, recreation…we have an opportunity to remake this part of Dayton…

  4. Society needs to stop stacking people on top of each other. Families need proper outside space, that includes privacy and away from all of that caner causing pollution! They need playgrounds and access to other things. Affordable housing doesn’t have to mean living in the worst areas possible. People who don’t seem to have much , still want more for our families! This includes my family as well! We could use a nice 1 family or 2 family home in a nice area with a private yard- away from drama with about 4-5 bedrooms with a 1st floor master suite! Huge back yard , flat surfaces! A Great room . See people who seem to not have much , we still want more for our families as well!

  5. I agree with Zelda and WFB. Stop concentrating on density. It does not work. Open spaces, own spaces, safe, clean, affordable and accessible. It’s not the politicians land to give out development rights based of maximizing the tax base.
    Free the people- stick it to the man!!!

  6. If you want open space, move to the country or move to a suburb or exburb.

    Newark is a major American city, not some Township be restricted by people who move there intend to live a country lifestyle.

    Society is not stacking people anywhere. Look to communist China for that. In America people choose where they want to live. moving to Newark and complain about wanting open space it’s like moving next to the train tracks and then complaining about noise!


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