Renderings Released of Newark’s 92-Unit ‘Scott Towers’ Project

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A developer is proposing a nine-story, 92-unit project called 31 Scott Street in Newark. Rendering courtesy of OCA Architects via the application.

A proposal to bring a new development to a group of properties situated a few blocks south of the federal government complex in Newark could soon advance.

The plans call for a nine-story building to come to 337 and 339 Mulberry Street along with neighboring 17, 19, 21, and 23 Scott Street in the Central Ward.

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Scott Street View. Rendering courtesy of OCA Architects via the application.

“Vacant properties used for construction equipment storage will be developed with a mixed-use building including 1,458 square feet of ground floor retail space, eight levels containing 92 apartments, and ground floor amenities for the apartments,” according to an August 3 report from Dolan & Dean Consulting Engineers, LLC.

The development would also include 13 parking spaces and a roof garden.

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Mulberry Street View. Rendering courtesy of OCA Architects via the application.

Site plans from OCA Architects, Inc. that were submitted to the City of Newark show that there would be 14 two-bedroom units and that three types of one-bedroom units would make up the remaining 78 apartments.

Municipal legislative filings in 2018 referred to this project as “Scott Towers,” but the latest renderings appear to brand this project as “31 Scott Street.”

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Ground level along Scott Street. Rendering courtesy of OCA Architects via the application.

A notice lists the applicant’s name as AC&J Restoration Group Corp., while site plans refer to the owner as ACNJ Restoration Group Corp. State business incorporation filings show that a company named AC and J Restoration Group Corp. was registered out of Hillside in 2016.

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Roof deck. Rendering courtesy of OCA Architects via the application.

More than two years ago, the Newark Municipal Council passed a resolution authorizing the sale of 333, 337, and 339 Mulberry Street plus 17, 19, 21, and 23 Scott Street to the developer for the negotiated price of $200,000. At the time, the project called for “approximately 90 units of affordable and market rate housing” along with one commercial space.

This application is scheduled to go before the Newark Central Planning Board during a Zoom meeting on Monday, August 17 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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8 COMMENTS

  1. As long as Cottage Street Orbit has nothing to do with it , they own many vacant properties in the downtown area including the vacant properties on Broad St between Central Ave and New St including 601 Broad St. which has a large amount of graffiti on the second floor roof area that can be seen from blocks away and they don’t maintain their properties. They get up there at night by climbing the scaffolding in front of 607 Broad St. the old Griffith building. That property is owned by a group of Jewish landbankers from Ramsey NJ headed by Yankel Tauber and they also own many vacant properties in the downtown area that they will never do anything with except resell them at the right time and make a nice profit. They also have graffiti on the side wall of the second floor roof area that is visible from miles away. And the lights under the scaffolding don’t work anymore because they had the electricity cut off to save a few dollars. They do no maintenance to their properties both Cottage Street Orbit and Yankel Tauber of Ramsey NJ. Code Enforcement has been notified.

  2. LOL… Joseph, you really don’t like Cottage Street Orbit. This is the 3rd post you made about them. Thanks for bringing awareness though because you’re absolutely right. I thought for sure there was finally some traction with the Griffith building, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore unfortunately.

  3. This is the East Ward & what is all this housing for NY’s come here to get high. WHILe NJ’s go there to work. THy don’t foot a dime for the tunnel. Though these contracters come here to take the money. Lke L&M federal madates no building over 5 stories since 9/11. They comein here like they don’t know though all they add to the economy is criminal activity.

  4. This is great news for Newark, and hopefully brings an influx of new residents, new ideas, and new energy!
    Hopefully, this and other developments will encourage current residents to become more informed and become active participants in the city’s growth and rebirth.

  5. Thanks Scrollhectic, Cottage Street Orbit who is a subsidiary of Prudential Community Reinvestment owns many properties in the Downtown area including all of the vacant storefronts on Broad St between Central and New St including 601 with the graffiti on the side of the building second floor roof area that can be seen from blocks away. They climb up the scaffolding in front of 607 Broad St. which is the old Griffith building owned by the landbankers from Ramsey NJ headed by Yankel Tauber. They too have the graffiti and the lights under the scaffolding don’t work anymore. They own many vacant properties in Newark also and will never do anything with them. I notified Code Enforcement. Thanks

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