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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Photo of the Day 5/28/16


This photo shows a squirrel in Newark's West Ward.

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Petco Planning to Open Downtown Newark Location


Newark, New Jersey: A new pet store could be coming to Downtown Newark.

According to the Newark Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission, a Petco location is proposed for the 115-year-old Hahne and Co. Building at 609 Broad Street, at the corner of New Street. The 13,049 square foot store on the first floor would also contain a 'doggy day care'. Should it be approved by the commission, it will be the third Petco store in Essex County after West Orange and Verona.

Once a department store, the Hahne and Co. Building is currently being renovated as part of the Express Newark project, and will also contain a Whole Foods Market location, mixed-income housing, the Rutgers University-Newark Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, City National Bank's new headquarters, and more when completed.

Another pet shop, Petland Discounts, recently opened on Broad Street near the corner of Market Street.

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Housing Could Come to Newark's South Ward


Newark, New Jersey: A new development project could be coming to Newark's South Ward.

According to a legal notice, a new building is proposed for 274-282 West Runyon Street, between Goodwin Avenue and Ingraham Place, in the Upper Clinton Hill neighborhood. Triple A Builders Phase II LLC, which owns several properties around the city, has applied to the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) for the 38.5 foot tall building to have four stories with parking on the ground floor. The top three floors would each have 24 apartments should the project be approved.

The property, which has been a vacant gated lot for several years, sits two blocks from Hawthorne Avenue, which is served by NJ Transit's Bus 27 to Downtown Newark and Clifton. While other areas of Newark, particularly the Central and East Wards, have seen an increase in new development in the last five years, this is among the first projects planned for the South Ward.

A public hearing regarding this potential new development will be held before the ZBA at City Hall on Thursday, June 9th at 7:00pm.

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Photo of the Day 5/27/16


This decades-old sign along Clinton Avenue welcomes visitors from Maplewood to Irvington.

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Rutgers-Newark to Open New Facilities in Downtown


Newark, New Jersey: Rutgers University-Newark will open two new facilities in Downtown. 

An Alumni Center will open near the Newark Museum at 47 Central Avenue, at the corner of Washington Street. According to NJ Parcels, Rutgers acquired the building in August, 2015 for $600,000. The university is currently looking to hire a director of the Alumni Center. Mills + Schnoering Architects of Mercer County will renovate the building, according to Rutgers Magazine. 

Rutgers University has established an Alumni Centers Steering Committee to create such centers on all three Rutgers campuses. 

In addition, after months of planning, Rutgers-Newark announced yesterday that it has partnered with the RBH Group to develop the new Honors Living-Learning Community. 

According to Senior Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Peter Englot, the new 400-bed 320,000 square-foot facility will cost approximately $70 million, and will also contain classrooms, 30,000 square feet retail space on the first floor, open space, and parking. Construction on the project, which will be designed by Perkins Eastman, is slated to begin later this year and be finished by 2018. 

The complex will stretch north to south from New Street to Linden Street and east to west from Halsey Street to Washington Street. 

Currently, most of the block consists of a large Rutgers parking lot. However, there are a few buildings, including one at the corner of New and Washington Streets, McGovern's Tavern on New Street, the Village Hotel and the corner of New and Halsey Streets, a building on Halsey Street that used to contain the Rutgers-Newark Child Care and Nonprofit Technical Assistance Centers, and four attached buildings at the corner of Halsey and Linden Streets. 

Englot told Essex County Place that "at this time, the plans are for the Honors Living-Learning Community building to work around the footprints of the existing buildings", with the exception of the building that used to contain the Rutgers-Newark Child Care and Nonprofit Technical Assistance Centers, which will be demolished to make way for the project. 

These new projects join Rutgers-Newark's Express Newark project in the former Hahne's building along Broad and Halsey Streets, which will contain a Whole Foods Market, stores, galleries, offices, and more when completed.


Above: The Washington Street entrance to the parking lot where the Honors Living-Learning Community will rise.


Above: Construction on the Express Newark project in the former Hahne's building in December

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Another Self Storage Facility Opens in Newark


Newark, New Jersey: Another self-storage facility has opened in the City of Newark. 

Extra Space Storage recently opened a location at 50 Gould Avenue, between South 13th Street and South 14th Street, in the West Ward. The building is five stories tall, and sits across from Route 280 and the UPS distribution center. It is Extra Space's fifth location in Essex County after Bloomfield, Fairfield, Orange, and Newark's South Ward.

An abandoned factory, originally owned by the Imperial Laundry Company, was previously located at the site. Built in 1903, it was torn down two years ago to make way for the project. 

More self-storage companies have come to Newark recently, including StorageBlue, which has a new location along Mount Pleasant Avenue in the North Ward and U-Haul, which is planning to open a facility in a former factory at 370-386 Orange Street in the Central Ward.

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Photo of the Day 5/26/16


This photo shows the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Holy Ascension in Maplewood.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Job Fair Coming to Essex County College


Newark, New Jersey: A job fair will be held this week in Newark.

The 2016 Essex County Job Fair will be held at Essex County College's main campus gymnasium on Thursday May 26th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Admission is free to the event, which is being sponsored by the Essex County Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment. 

According to the county, there will be more than 100 vendors and service providers at the job fair, from industries like health care, higher education, banking, tourism, and law enforcement. Local government agencies will also be present to offer information about health screenings and job readiness skills.

Essex County College is located along Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, between Market Street and Warren Street.

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Photo of the Day 5/25/16


This photo shows a bird outside of the former Newark City Hospital on Irvington Avenue.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Resa Grill Opens in Newark's University Heights


Newark, New Jersey: A new restaurant has opened in Newark's Central Ward.

Resa Grill and Catering opened in University Heights at 12 Lock Street, between Sussex Avenue and Central Avenue. Salads, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and desserts are served at the restaurant, which opened earlier this month. The space near the New Jersey Institute of Technology had been vacant for several years, but was occupied by a rental car facility until 2008.

According to the Forest Hill Community Association, Resa Grill is owned by Newarkers Donald Reid and Steve Sacco.

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