A new mixed-use development in a Union County community is nearing completion.
For the past several months, a new building has been rising at 1255 Stuyvesant Avenue, between Haines Avenue and Mountainview Avenue, in Union Township. According to a listing posted on LoopNet, when completed, the three-story development will be known as Stuyvesant Plaza, and will include 30 residential rental apartments atop five retail spaces. Previously, the tract, which is owned by the Newark-based Seabra Group, according to NJ Parcels, was a vacant lot. The project was approved back in 2015.
The lot is located within walking distance of a Super Stop & Shop supermarket, the Union Public Library, the Empire Union Cinemas, and the shops in the Union Center business district. NJ Transit’s Bus 94 to Bloomfield and Linden stops a few yards away, and the site is around a half-mile walk from bus service to Elizabeth, Newark, and Manhattan as well as the free Township shuttle service to the Union Train Station.
Although the centrally located Union Township has not seen as much development of this sort as neighboring municipalities have in recent years, there are signs that the dense Union Center section, in particular, is on its way. This is in part because of new zoning regulations in the area, according to the Suburban News. An example of this can be seen at nearby 1988-1998 Morris Avenue, where there is a relatively recent mixed-use building with apartments, restaurants, and stores. According to the Union County LocalSource, there are also plans by American Landmark Developers for a new mixed-use project around 962 Stuyvesant Avenue and Bonnell Court, and the Township broke ground in May on a new streetscape project.