A look at 25 pending development projects in Newark
As 2019 begins, more than two dozen development projects are working their way through the city of Newark’s approval process.
A project that requires approval from city council – as most do – is first submitted to the planning department, which evaluates it with help from other city departments and produces a report detailing changes the developer must make or questions the developer must answer.
Once the developer satisfies the planning department’s concerns, the project is presented to the planning commission, which often asks more technical questions and makes a recommendation to city council.
Finally, the developer presents the project to city council, which makes the final decision on whether to approve it. Council is not obligated to follow the planning commission’s recommendation.
At both the planning commission and council meetings, the public is permitted to weigh in on the project.
Sometimes, the process is completed within a few months; other times, projects linger for years. It depends on how motivated the developer is to move quickly and how many issues are raised by the planning department.
Here’s a look at the projects currently under consideration.
Approved and/or under construction
Park N Shop: Demolish the old M&T Bank building and construct a three-story building containing 12 apartments and retail space.
1365 Marrows Road: Build an Enterprise Rent-ACar facility on a vacant lot between KFC and College Square.
36 Benny St.: Demolish a rental home and build seven townhouse-style apartments.
24 and 30 Benny St. and 155 S. Chapel St.: Demolish two rental homes and build 11 townhouse-style apartments.
Awaiting council consideration
209-225 Haines St.: Demolish five rental homes and build a four-story building containing 24 apartments and garage parking. [Council to vote Jan. 14]
83-105 New London Road: Expand the Campus Walk student townhouse complex by removing 11 rental homes and building 28 townhouse-style apartments. [Council to vote Jan. 28]
62 N. Chapel St.: Demolish an office building and build 18 apartments.
0 Paper Mill Road: Annex wooded lot and build 18 singlefamily homes.
Awaiting planning commission consideration
92-96 E. Main St.: Demolish the former Abbott’s Shoe Repair building and the back of the Green Mansion and replace them with a seven-story building containing 147 hotel rooms, a restaurant, 19,500 square feet of office space and a parking garage. The front of the Green Mansion would be incorporated into the new building.
321 Hillside Road: Demolish UD’s Dickinson dorms and build 189 apartments.
College Square: Renovate the shopping center, build 305 apartments in the southeast quadrant of the site, extend Delaware Avenue through the shopping center and build new retail space surrounding the road extension.
1119 S. College Ave.: Demolish the Red Roof Inn and build a new four-story, 98-room Hilton Tru hotel and a convenience store with gas pumps.
924 Barksdale Road: Build a 112-unit assisted living and memory care facility on a vacant lot that once served as the temporary home of Newark Charter School.
515 Capitol Trail: Demolish a single-family home and build 10 townhouses.
511 Valley Road: Demolish a single-family home and build two townhouses resembling the homes in nearby Briarcreek.
1364 Marrows Road: Reconfigure a previously-approved plan to build a Martin Honda repair facility on a lot currently used for vehicle storage.
67-69 New London Road: Demolish an existing home and build two townhouses.
In the early stages or stalled
132-138 E. Main St.: Demolish the existing building – which houses Tasty Wok, Playa Bowls and the former Margherita’s Pizza – and build an 88-room hotel, 12 apartments, retail space and a parking garage. The parking garage would extend behind Chipotle and Panera Bread, and the developer is hoping to partner with the city to add to the supply of public parking.
1501 Casho Mill Road: Demolish the existing office building and construct a threestory building containing 48 to 60 apartments and new office/ retail space.
1105 Elkton Road: Annex the Leon’s Garden World property and build a Royal Farms convenience store, gas station and car wash.
0 Independence Way: Build 44 townhouses on a wooded lot off West Chestnut Hill Road.
46 Welsh Tract Road: Annex the two-acre lot, demolish the existing home and build 22 townhouses.
20-22 Benny St.: Demolish two houses and a build a four-story building containing nine apartments and garage parking.
804 S. College Ave.: Add a used car lot to the Shell gas station and the adjacent vacant lot.
18 North St.: Demolish a one-story apartment building and build four three-story townhouses.