120-Unit Mixed-Use Development Proposed Across From Newark’s Riverfront Park

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648-652 Raymond Boulevard, Newark. Street view from Mott St. Image via Google Maps/Street View.

A property located across the street from Newark’s Riverfront Park could potentially become home to a mixed-use development should a new plan come to fruition.

The new owner of 648-652 Raymond Boulevard in the Ironbound section of the East Ward is expected to go before the Newark Central Planning Board today, August 3, to seek approval with variances for a proposed five-story project.

648 652 Raymond Boulevard Newark Map
648-652 Raymond Boulevard map. Image via the application.

The development, which is called “Raymond + Mott” in site plans from Inglese Architecture + Engineering, would bring 120 residential units and roughly 2,800 square feet of retail space to the neighborhood. There would also be a parking garage with around 89 parking spaces on the ground level, according to a notice.

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Rendering of Raymond + Mott by Inglese Architecture + Engineering via the application.

The building is slated to include a mixture of studios, one-bedroom units, and two-bedrooms. A 1,240 square foot amenity room and a 5,200 square foot terrace are proposed for the second floor, according to a municipal staff report.

648-652 Raymond Boulevard LLC is registered out of the same address as Florio Property Management, a company associated with projects in Paterson. The firm recently acquired 648-652 Raymond Boulevard for $2.575 million, according to property sales records. The developer’s application listed Great Falls Investors, LLC as the managing member of 648-652 Raymond Boulevard LLC, but the form was signed by Matthew Florio.

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648-652 Raymond Boulevard, Newark. Street view from Lexington St. Image via Google Maps/Street View.

Located across the street from the Shifman Mattress Company property, this tract has long contained a four-story previously industrial building that would be demolished under the current proposal. The site is located just under a mile from Newark Penn Station and the PATH station in Harrison. New Jersey Transit’s 1 and 108 lines to Jersey City and Manhattan also stop in the area.

The Newark Central Planning Board’s hearing on the matter is scheduled to take place during the meeting that begins 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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  1. As long as Cottage Street Orbit who owns many vacant properties in the downtown area including the row of empty storefronts on Broad St between Central Ave and New St. 601 Broad St. has large amount of graffiti on the side of the second floor roof area that can be seen from blocks away, they get up there by climbing the scaffolding in front of 607 Broad St. which is the old Griffith building. The graffiti is an eyesore and we are sick of these quality of life issues that are not addressed. 607 Broad St. which is the old Griffith building is owned by a group of landbankers from Ramsey NJ headed by Yankel Tauber. They also own many vacant properties all over town and they will never do anything with them except to sell them someday and make a nice profit. There also is graffiti on the side roof area that is visible from far away and the lights under the scaffolding no longer work since they had the electricity cut off to save a few dollars. Code Enforcement has been notified about both properties.

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