Century-old Properties in Newark's 'Billion Dollar Triangle' to Get Face Lift

NEWARK, NJ - A developer who has renovated several properties in Newark announced new plans for an adaptive reuse project in the city’s Downtown.

Paramount Assets purchased two properties at 30-32 and 36-40 Clinton Street that will add to the city’s “Billion Dollar Triangle,” an area that is surrounded by Newark Penn Station, the Prudential Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Both buildings will be updated as mixed-use residential spaces with new interior spaces, including upgrades to the entrance, lobbies and elevators.

“The premier location of these properties made them very attractive to us,” said Richard Dunn, senior vice president of Paramount Assets. “30-32 Clinton Street and 36-40 Clinton Street meet all the necessary criteria for creating today’s successful adaptive reuse projects.  We saw this as an excellent opportunity to reposition two historically significant assets to the benefit of both the City and residents alike.”

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Newark Exceeds Lead Levels Again, Receives 3 Other Water Violations

This is the fourth time 2017 the City of Newark has exceeded federal regulations for lead levels.
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NEWARK, NJ - The city has exceeded allowable lead levels again and also received three other violations since last month for other water issues, according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection website.

This is the fourth time since 2017 the city has exceeded lead levels in its water. About 43 percent of the 244 samples the city reported exceeded the federal action level of 15 parts per billion for lead between July and December last year. The previous round of samples, collected between February and June, showed that about 13 percent of 129 samples exceeded acceptable levels.

The latest numbers come amid a federal lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) that alleges city and state officials violated regulations that caused lead levels to increase. NRDC Senior Director for Health and Food Erik Olson today called the newest increases “concerning.”

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City Council Approves Ironbound Building Height Ordinance Despite Residents' Concerns

Ironbound Community Corporation Director Joseph Della Fave speaks during today's city council meeting, saying MX-3 will have a "negative impact of livability" for the neighborhood.
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NEWARK, NJ - City council today passed an ordinance that will increase allowable building height in the Ironbound despite concerns from the planning board and dissent from over a dozen residents.

The so-called MX-3 ordinance creates a new zone that affects several lots near Penn Station, allowing developments to be built up to 145 feet or about 12 stories. Previously, buildings in the area were only permitted to go up to eight stories.

Members from community-based groups like PLANewark and the Ironbound Community Corporation, which has been a partner with the city on past programs, reiterated objections to the ordinance today. About 15 residents also implored the council to vote no, citing concerns with parking, higher rents, gentrification and sewerage issues.

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Ironbound Building Height Ordinance Stirs Up Gentrification Concerns

The MX-3 ordinance would affect several lots east of Penn Station in Newark's Ironbound section.
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NEWARK, NJ -  A final vote draws nearer for a zoning ordinance that would allow for taller buildings in the Ironbound, but some community groups have raised a hot-button concern about the measure, saying it will cause gentrification in the neighborhood. 

The Ironbound Community Corporation (ICC) and PLANewark say residents in the low-lying Portuguese neighborhood with several surface parking lots could be pushed out should the creation of a new MX-3 zonebe approved on Wednesday. The Ironbound Business Improvement District and the city administration say there are other measures in place that will prevent gentrification and the area needs to be redeveloped.

The latest iteration of the proposed MX-3 ordinance would allow for buildings in an area near Penn Station to increase in height from eight to 12 stories

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'He’ll make a good president, but he’s not going to help us.' What Newark really thinks of Cory Booker.

By Barry Carter | Posted January 06, 2019

NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Booker in September 2018.

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It’s no secret. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is thinking about running for president, having already visited 24 states during midterm elections, including stops that would be key in early primaries.

But in Newark, where he was mayor for seven years, there are mixed opinions on whether or not the politician should seek the country's top job.

We hit the streets of the Brick City to see what those back home think of the politician's potential aspirations. 

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Cops on the streets help Newark set a record 5 decades in the making

Posted Jan 3, 2019

Crime in New Jersey’s largest city has hit a five decade low, with fewer burglaries, carjackings and shootings in 2018 compared to previous years, local and state officials announced Thursday.

U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Craig Carpenito and State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal joined Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose to tout the progress, that they largely attributed to cross-agency collaboration and better forays into local communities.

Overall crime in Newark is down by 15 percent. In 2018, 101 fewer people were shot than the year prior, a 30 percent drop from 2017. Officers last year removed 566 guns off the streets. Homicides dropped only slightly from 72 in 2017 to 70 in 2018. Rapes and aggravated assaults, however, increased.

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Newark Mayor Plans to Wed After 'Union of Families' Ceremony in Ghana

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka says he participated in a "union of families" ceremony in Ghana, but has not been officially married in the United States yet.
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NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka recently made a holiday trip to Ghana, where he says he met with local officials and conducted other business, but the mayor did one other important activity.

The mayor participated in a Ghanaian "union of families" ceremony, which means people in that country now consider him to be married, Baraka said. The Dec. 30 ceremony isn't recognized in the United States since there is no marriage license, he added. 

But the 48-year-old mayor told TAPinto Newark today with a smile, after an unrelated press conference, “I am going to get married.” He did not give a date for when the nuptials would take place. 

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5 Issues in Newark to Watch in 2019

A lot will be happening in New Jersey's largest city during 2019.

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NEWARK, NJ - This past year, Newark made national headlines for being a contender for Amazon's second headquarters and how its leaders are tackling elevated lead levels.

But what does 2019 hold for New Jersey’s most populated city?

Some of the issues in 2018 will carry over into the next year. But, 2019 may be pivotal in determining the political futures of local lawmakers and shaping the public school system, which gained control from the state this year.

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Lead Service Line Replacement Program in Newark to Begin in January

City Council on Wednesday approved a set of contracts with vendors that will begin to replace lead service lines throughout Newark.
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NEWARK, NJ - City council on Wednesday hired two vendors for a total of $10.3 million to begin to replacing lead service lines for homeowners. 

The vendors will start to replace lead pipes for about 1,500 homes in January, city spokesman Frank Baraff said. The work represents the first part of a 10-phase project to replace lead pipes to about 15,000 homes.

“I believe that they start with homes that not only have lead service lines but also have high lead readings when the water was tested,” Baraff said when asked which homes the phase I will target.

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Months after 6-year-old girl was shot by stray bullet, ‘this is a good day’

Posted Dec 20, 2018

Liya Williams doesn’t think much about the firecracker on July 4th.

That’s what it had to be in the mind of this 6-year-old. Not a stray bullet.

Unfortunately, though, it was a bullet that struck this cheery little girl in the leg when she was walking with her father after watching fireworks at Nat Turner Park in Newark five months ago.

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