Newark’s Seth Boyden Terrace Site Could Become ‘Area in Need of Redevelopment’

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Seth Boyden Terrace Newark Redevelopment Plan
Seth Boyden Terrace, Newark. Image via Google Earth.

A former public housing complex that has sat vacant for several years could be one of multiple sites in Newark’s South Ward to receive a critical designation.

The old 503-unit Seth Boyden Terrace property at 741-811 Frelinghuysen Avenue could soon be classified as a “non-condemnation area in need of redevelopment” along with five other locations in the Dayton neighborhood.

“A non-condemnation area in need of redevelopment designation shall not authorize the City to exercise the power of eminent domain to acquire any property in the redevelopment area,” according to a legal notice.

Seth Boyden Terrace Newark Area In Need Of Redevelopment Map
Map of the area that could be designated an area in need of redevelopment. Image via the City of Newark.

During its meeting over Zoom today, June 15, at 6:00 p.m., the Newark Central Planning Board is scheduled to discuss the results of a recent study by Red Bank-based Heyer, Gruel & Associates that calls for giving this designation to the Seth Boyden Terrace premises and 210-236 Dayton Street in addition to 1-37, 39-83, 85-89, and 101-121 Ludlow Street.

The properties in question include the 143-unit Kretchmer Homes complex, the Training Recreation Education Center, the shuttered Dayton Street School, a Newark Community Health Center location, and an undeveloped lot.

The study mentioned that the condition of the 15-year-old Kretchmer Homes is declining and that “the property is deteriorating at a rate faster than it can be maintained,” while the buildings at the Seth Boyden Terrace site were described as having fallen “into so great a state of disrepair as to be untenantable and would not be conducive to wholesome living conditions.”

The latter site was even referred to as a “dumping ground for the surrounding area” in the report, which cited items such as furniture and tires scattered around the property.

Meanwhile, the study also stated that the area around the Kretchmer Homes “is in a section of the City that has virtually no access to transit, is beset by environmental justice concerns related to air quality and historic industrial uses and has limited market rate housing and retail activity,” adding that “this combination of factors has depressed the neighborhood and makes redevelopment of the properties through the instrumentality of private capital unlikely.”

This news comes a few weeks after Jersey Digs reported that potential commercial and residential developer partners for the Seth Boyden Terrace site were being identified by the Newark Housing Authority. However, the names of these potential partners have not yet been announced.

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

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I used to live in seth boyden for 40 good joyful years. I believe that it should be rebuilt from scratch everything new and up to date.i believe that housing should take over the complex but this time housing should be very strict. Well if you need me let me know i still live in housing.. I can help you run an after school program or even an recreation. Thank you

  2. For what to take all that land and build apartment buildings over there and charge a arm and a leg that’s why shit is happening now is people like y’all

  3. I’m from Seth Borden building 116 apartment 1A They Used To Call Me Jiggy 😂 😂 I Miss The Old Days Nd I’m Still Young At That I’m 2️⃣3️⃣ Years Old ❗️ I Truly Think 💭 That They Should Rebuild The Projects Nd This Time Make Sure They Manage It Right This Go Around 💯 It’ll Take A Lotta Hard Work & Dedication ✌🏾 Do But AnyThing Is Possible Nd I Definitely Believe That It Can Happen .

    -Jiggy

  4. Prime real estate next to weequaic park close to newark airport and major highways and secluded from the rest. Of the city. This is the best real estate in the east coast… Gentrification will definitely be here and i lived here back in the day 106 center terrace

  5. Hi mike my name is Darlene I was just asking a cousin about the projects at 121 Center Terrace. I lived there when I was a little girl in the 60’s do those apartments still exist. I remember a court yard in the back with benches as parents could watch their children play, hang clothes etc. if so can you give me any info on those apts I am writing a book on my childhood days. Thankyou

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