881 Mount Prospect Avenue, Newark. Image via Google Maps / Street View.

A single story building in Newark’s North Ward adjacent to a planned linear park could be adaptively reused and expanded into a five story mixed use project.

Jose A. Rodriguez is expected to appear in front of the Newark Central Planning Board for a virtual meeting on Monday, November 23rd at 6:00 p.m. for a preliminary and final approval of the site plan as part of his plans for 881 Mount Prospect avenue to catch up on deviations.

The development application states that the proposed project would include nine residential units, office space and a restaurant on the ground floor.

881 Mount Prospect Avenue Newark renderingImage courtesy of Palermo Edwards Architecture via the application.

The restaurant would have a capacity of 28 seats, seven employees and would be open daily between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., according to a report by city staff on November 18. The report added that the second floor would include both a 1,290 square foot office and a 700 square foot office, while the top three floors would each include three one-bedroom units.

881 Mount Prospect Avenue Newark Rendering 2Image courtesy of Palermo Edwards Architecture via the application.

Property sales records indicate that Rodriguez paid $ 255,000 to a Cumberland County company for 881 Mount Prospect Avenue in June 2019. The building previously housed Vailsburgh Cabinets & Hardware Inc. and Verona Leather.

The building is on the corner of Greenwood Lake Street, a few blocks south of Belleville, a few feet from the former Boonton Line. As Jersey Digs first reported in July, Norfolk Southern filed a petition with the Surface Transportation Board mentioning plans to sell the old Boonton Line right of way to the Open Space Institute.

If these plans for the former railroad continue, the right of way could be converted to the Essex-Hudson Greenway, allowing walkers and cyclists to travel from Montclair to Jersey City.

Notice to Readers: The dates on which motions from the Newark Central Planning Board and other commissions are to be heard are subject to change.

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