Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Stadium Redevelopment Not Expected to Impact Newark Light Rail Service

Newark, New Jersey: After just over 15 years in Newark's Central Ward, the Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium on Broad Street could soon be no more. 

The stadium, home to the Newark Bears baseball team until 2013, is being sold by the City of Newark and Essex County for $23.5 million to Lotus Equity Group, which is planning to build a new high-rise development at the site, according to NJ Advance Media.

The project has yet to be heard by the Newark Zoning Board of Adjustment or the Newark Central Planning Board.

In 2006, NJ Transit opened the Riverfront Stadium Station in front of the stadium as part of the Newark Light Rail extension, and hundreds of commuters take the northbound light rail past the building each day. However, according to NJ Transit, customers likely will not be affected by the construction. 

"Service should not be impacted as long as Newark Light Rail can operate safety at this location", said NJ Transit spokesperson Nancy Snyder, adding that "should construction necessitate the closure of this station, Newark Light Rail is able to accommodate customers at Newark Broad Street and Washington Park stations on an alternate track in both directions".

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