Monday, January 11, 2016

Newark CEDC Seeks Redevelopment of Pabst Brewery Site

Newark, New Jersey: A vacant tract of land in the West Ward of Newark could see development again. 

The Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) has issued a request for proposals to redevelop the lot at 552-572 South Orange Avenue, east of the Garden State Parkway at the corner of Grove Street. According to the Newark CEDC, the proposal should "enhance the quality of life for Newark residents, create employee opportunities for Newark residents, (and) generate new tax revenue for the City".

The four acre lot has been empty since 2008, but had been the site of the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery and Hoffman Soda Factory for over 75 years previously. The building was known for the water tower designed to look like a bottle atop the plant. The lot has since become overgrown with grass and is fenced off from the street. Grove Street was slightly moved further east following the demolition of the plant.

The surrounding neighborhood has a significant number of abandoned properties. Although other neighborhoods in Newark have seen increases in development, the eastern part of the West Ward has seen little new construction. A new development here may change that.

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