Friday, July 15, 2016

Apartments Planned for Site of Armory Tavern in Newark

Newark, New Jersey: A site that was once home to a popular Newark nightlife spot could soon be home to dozens of residents. 

A new four-story mixed use residential and commercial building has been proposed for 140-142 Sussex Avenue in the Central Ward, at the southeast corner of Newark Street. According to a notice issued Thursday by the Newark Central Planning Board, property owner MJRG Investments, based in Newark, is planning to have over 3,000 square feet of retail space in the building, in addition to 18 two-bedroom apartments and two loft-style apartments. 

MRJG purchased the property for $31,250 earlier this year. The building at the site was previously occupied by Armory Tavern and Holman's Wines and Liquors. Before closing in 2013, Armory Tavern was a restaurant and bar where artists from across the state often performed. 

The neighborhood, which is served by NJ Transit buses and the Norfolk Street Station on the Newark Light Rail, and is close to Newark Broad Street Station, is seeing an increase in development. Marion P. Thomas Charter High School opened across the street last year, and one block away, there is a new building with restaurants and apartments. Nearby, along Newark and Norfolk Streets, Biotrial recently built its new North American headquarters. 

10 years ago, the neighborhood was filled with vacant lots. However, some abandoned and vacant properties remain, including the abandoned Essex County Jail on Newark Street.

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