New hotel planned for vacant building in Newark's downtown

By Dan Ivers | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on September 15, 2015

The building at 1160 Raymond Boulevard in Newark, where a developer is hoping to build an extended stay hotel.

 

NEWARK – The city's downtown may soon be home to another new hotel.

Hari Newark Urban Renewal LLC has filed plans with the city to convert the former Catholic Charities building at 1136-1166 Raymond Boulevard into a Homewood Suites Hotel by Hilton extended-stay hotel.

The Edison-based developer is also seeking a 20-year tax abatement from the city, which the Municipal Council could approve at its regular meeting Wednesday night.

The 12-story building across from Military Park is currently vacant. It is bordered by a parking garage to the east, and Commerce Court to the west.

Hilton spokeswoman Tiffany Wilson said she had no information on when the hotel might open or any agreement with Hari Newark Urban Renewal.

Public records indicate that the Edison-based development company is owned by Mehendra Patel, who could not be reached for comment.

The new hotel would be one of several planned to open around Newark in the coming years, after the city went nearly four decades without a single new one.

That streak ended in 2012, when the Courtyard Marriott opened near the Prudential Center arena downtown, and others have followed, including the boutique Hotel Indigo on Broad Street.

Last year, officials approved plans for a Carvi Hotel at the intersection of Lafayette and Monroe streets – the first to be built in the city's Ironbound section.

Hilton also has plans for a 108-room Home2 Suites hotel on Haynes Avenue in the South Ward, close to the site of a proposed new train station along a new leg of the PATH rail line to Newark Liberty International Airport.

Wilson said that hotel is projected to open in December 2017.

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