EXCLUSIVE: 40-Story Towers Could Bring Nearly 600 Apartments to Newark

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Halo Tower Rendering Washington Street Newark
Proposed towering development, The Halo, 289-301 Washington Street, Newark. Rendering via Minno Wasko.

While the skylines of other New Jersey cities like New Brunswick and Jersey City feature multiple buildings that were constructed in the 21st century, all of the tallest towers in the state’s largest city date back decades. However, Jersey Digs has learned that a proposed development at the edge of Newark’s downtown could tower over the city, bringing hundreds of residential units in the process.

The project, known as “The Halo,” is being proposed for 289-301 Washington Street, between William Street and Branford Place. The plans, which were designed by Minno & Wasko, call for a high-rise complex with two 40-story buildings connected by a five-story base.

There would be 66 studio apartments, 132 one bedrooms, and 99 two-bedroom units in each building, for a total of 594 in the entire complex. A source who provided information on the condition of anonymity told Jersey Digs that 20 percent of the units at The Halo is expected to be designated as “affordable housing.”

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Although the site sits within a half-mile of New Jersey Transit bus and Newark Light Rail service, there would be several levels of valet-style parking, including two underground floors, providing nearly 300 spaces for residents of the complex. In addition, The Halo is expected to include a wide variety of amenities, such as a 2,935-square-foot sky lounge atop each building, a 4,488-square-foot fitness center, club rooms, a game room, and an outdoor pool and courtyard on the 12th floor. A leasing office is also slated to be included within the development.

Located a block away from Teachers Village, 289-301 Washington Street is located farther west than other large recent development proposals in Newark’s central business district. While other projects like the Hahne & Company redevelopment and One Theater Square have brought hundreds of units combined to Downtown Newark, the city has not seen the construction of buildings of this scale in decades. The Halo would be the first one of its kind on the Washington Street corridor and would replace what has long been a privately owned gated parking lot.

The plans have been submitted to the Newark Central Planning Board as an “as of right” application, according to the source, and are expected to be heard in the near future. Should the approvals be granted, construction could begin next year and be completed as soon as the beginning of 2021.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. i’m happy for the renewed interest in Newark but it really is sad that these will be out of range for a lot of folks that currently live in the area. there’s no medium for the people in between the “affordable housing” range and market rate.

  2. I pray my people get those apartments labeled affordable they go quick if nobody ask developers always give to family members of their own

    • “developers always give to family members of their own”… are you basing this off of hearsay or personal experience? I’ve never heard of this happening nor do I understand how it can happen. First, there is usually a lottery that determines who gets the apartments so it’s based off of random selection. Second, affordable apartments are audited by government agencies since they are a mandate for development subsidies. Third, and this is something a lot of people don’t understand for whatever reason: even with affordable apartments, applicants have to meet certain standards, including minimum and maximum income as well as credit and criminal background checks. There’s this thing called “Fair Housing” that developers follow strictly for fear of lawsuits or bad PR, so it would be very odd and extremely dangerous for them to “give to family members of their own.”

  3. Newark can’t survive being a city of all poor people, a haven for the poor and disenfranchised, you need a mix of all kinds of income levels and people for the city to thrive. Newark has enough low income section 8 type housing, the city needs to diversify. Also, no one is being displaced, the Rector St luxury apt tower and One Theatre Square luxury apt. we’re both built on vacant land, so no one is being displaced or pushed out. Maybe a little gentrification would do Newark time good. Another thing is all these street vendors selling their incense and trinkets, boom box blasting. It reminds me of a third world city bazaar. You don’t see that in Jersey City or even Elizabeth. Quality of life issues must be addressed. I am a believer in the “broken window theory” graffiti, litter, etc play an important role on how the city is portrayed, something like getting a pothole fixed might seem trivial but it really isn’t. Call the city of Newark Complaint Hot Line at 9737334311 complaints from pothole repair, code enforcement issues, street lights out, traffic light problems, street signs damaged or missing, damaged fire hydrants, catch basin (sewers) that are filled with garbage and debris and needs to be cleaned out, etc.. for street lights that are out call PSEG at 18008322221, and try to get the pole number so that they can locate it quickly. I hope this building comes to fruition.

  4. Newark desperately needs gentrification. A city built upon a mass of dysfunction and poverty, cannot survive. Efforts to codify poverty make no sense. It is not good governance to demand that provisions be made for those living in poverty, in every development. This simply contravenes free market forces at play. I agree that the poor need places to live, but who says that all of them must live in Newark?`

  5. For a business owner of Newark, all these developments and plans for Newark is really exciting. Really amazing to see the changes being made

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