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Monday, September 19, 2016

New Warehouse Planned for Newark 'Wasteland'


Newark, New Jersey: A new warehouse could be coming to Newark.

Penford Group, based in the Oldwick section of Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County, has applied to the Newark Central Planning Board to construct a warehouse at 256 Vanderpool Street in the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark's East Ward, between Avenue B and Avenue C. According to a public notice, should the project be approved, the warehouse will be 290,063 square feet, and will also contain office space.

The property is located in an industrial part of the southern section of the neighborhood, and is across the Oak Island Rail Yard from Northern State Prison. For many years, the fenced-off lot has sat vacant, with abandoned parts of a building that once stood there left exposed. Vanderpool Street once ran through the middle of the tract, but the block has also been fenced off for at least a decade. According to Law360, pigment processing plants operated by DuPont and Cookson Pigments operated at the site from 1917 to 1999. DuPont and the City of Newark settled a lawsuit in 2015 regarding pollution caused by the plant and the property. 

A statement from the City last year said that the property "is now a sprawling, derelict, hazardous 14-acre wasteland".

The board will hear the proposal on Monday, September 26th at 6:30pm at Newark City Hall at 920 Broad Street.

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