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July 2017

Newark Riverfront Stadium Site Development Design Released

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Design details have been published on the site redevelopment of Riverfront Bears & Eagles Stadiumthe former home of Newark Bear.

Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium opened in 1999 as the home of the Bears, then the Independent Atlantic League. The Bears were greeted with strong attendance numbers in their early years – and big names such as Jose Canseco, Rickey Henderson and Jose Lima adapted to the team – but an eventual drop in attendance did not. could be stopped, even after the change of club. to the Can Am League for the 2011 season. The final version of the Bears folded after the 2013 seasonand all assets were liquidated, leaving the city with an asset with a debt of 14 million dollars. From there, the baseball stadium hosted the high school, Rutgers University, newark and New Jersey Institute of Technology baseball.

In a plan that has been in the works for some time, Lotus Equity will demolish the stadium. This will pave the way for a mixed-use development on the site, including apartments and offices. More from Bloomberg:

Lotus Equity Group has appointed four architectural firms to collaborate on the design of the 2.3 million square foot (214,000 square meter) development, which would also include retail stores and open space, according to preliminary plans. The site of the former Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium is within walking distance of trains to Manhattan and the campuses of Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

“We want to bring in different experts,” Ben Korman, chief executive of New York-based Lotus, said in an interview. “We wanted to harness the knowledge around us and, to some extent, around the world, for a quality middle-class neighborhood. Each will bring their own sensibility, but ultimately work together to make it work.

Lotus completed its purchase of the property last November and is set to begin construction sometime in 2018. Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners will serve as the official architect for the development project, along with Michael Green Architecture, Ten Arquitectos and The UPA is also involved in the project.

Rendered courtesy PAU.

RELATED STORIES: Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium Closure; Plan to demolish Newark’s Riverfront Stadium continues; Newark’s Riverfront Stadium sold to developer; Bears’ demise leaves Newark with more rough debts; Newark Bears to liquidate its assets


About Zach Spedden

Zach Spedden is a Ballpark Digest contributor. He earned a journalism degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in February 2014 and a Master of Arts in Emerging Media from Loyola University Maryland in September 2015. Zach resides in Baltimore.


St. Paul continues Ford site development despite opposition

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A huge field of dirt in the St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood could one day house up to 7,200 people and be the workplace of a thousand or more.

This vision of the former Ford assembly plant, which excites some and alarms others, won key approval from the city’s Planning Commission on Friday.

“The Ford site represents a unique development opportunity,” Mayor Chris Coleman said in a statement after the commission unanimously recommended the plan. “This well-thought-out plan lays the foundation for a vibrant and vibrant community on the banks of the Mississippi River.”

City council will likely review the plan in the fall. The document, which will frame the zoning and development of the 122-acre Ford property, continues to face opposition from residents who argue the city has downplayed community concerns.

Neighbors for a Livable St. Paul, a group of residents opposed to the plan, said St. Paul staff left comments on documents presented to the planning commissioners. They asked the Planning Commission to delay its vote and ask a third party to review the community input.

“The public and decision makers need accurate information. … This is something that will affect the Highland neighborhood and the city for decades to come,” said Charles Hathaway, who lives in the area and is a member of the group.

A “technical glitch” caused city staff compiling comments to miss some emails, both for and against the plan, said Mollie Scozzari of the Department of Planning and Economic Development. A resident alerted the city to the missed messages, and Scozzari said a staff member found them in a separate inbox.

The planning commissioners voted 9 to 7 not to delay their decision. Several commissioners said city staff shared the missing comments with them a few weeks ago and they had plenty of time to review the comments.

St. Paul staff have been gathering feedback from residents on the site for the past decade. The plan they arrived at has a mix of uses and building heights, with two stories closest to the Mississippi River and rising to eight or 10 stories near Cleveland Avenue. It includes a grid of streets that would connect to surrounding roads and pockets of green space that would dot the site, including a stormwater feature that resembles a stream.

Ford, which still owns the property, is expected to bring the site to market this year or early 2018 and the city expects development to take 15 to 20 years.

Some Highland Park residents are concerned about the housing density and traffic congestion the plan could create. Other neighbors – who have started their own group, Sustain Ward 3 – agree with the plan’s vision, which they say is an environmentally friendly design that will encourage the use of public transport.

Two city committees recommended the plan and said in a memo that Highland Park already has many single-family homes and needs more multi-family housing as the city’s population grows. And the site developer would make more money if they were able to add more accommodation to the site, said lead planner Merritt Clapp-Smith, which could reduce the potential need for government subsidies.

The Planning Commission agreed to some changes to the plan on Friday, including limiting the width of buildings to 500 feet in a bid to encourage developers to add courtyards or space for public amenities. They also agreed to increase the number of housing units permitted on the five blocks along Mississippi River Boulevard, which could reduce density elsewhere on the site.

“You have the most desirable property on the entire site,” said Commissioner Kris Fredson, who did not want hard limits on the number of people who could live along the boulevard.

Eric Adams’ support for Pfizer site development hinges on more affordable housing

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Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is pushing for changes to a proposed apartment development on land in South Williamsburg formerly owned by Pfizer, asking the city council to reject zoning changes on the land without more affordable housing in planned apartment buildings.

After protesters shut down a hearing on the Pfizer and Bedford Armory projects hosted by the borough president at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Adams sent his recommendations on the land’s future to the city council.

Adams recommended that the city refuse rezoning unless certain changes are made by the project’s developer, the Rabsky Group. Specifically, Adams called for project approval “to be conditional on a special affordable housing bonus permit or other legal mechanism that commits an additional 21,300 square feet of affordable housing at an average rent based on 60% of the median income of the zone”.

Adams also wants Rabsky to agree in writing to build what he called an “appropriate” number of two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments to provide enough units for rent-burdened households who, according to his recommendation, “are more likely to need family-sized unit types.”

The Pfzer development as it currently stands would consist of 1,146 apartments and 25% of them would be reserved as affordable.

Activists opposed to the development of the Broadway Triangle have long argued that every proposed rezoning of the land has favored the area’s Orthodox Jewish population over the neighborhood’s black and Latino populations. The Rabsky Group itself is no stranger to controversy, first after refusing to disclose how much affordable housing it would include in its Rheingold Brewery development plan, then insisting on returning just 20% affordable units.

Adams also wrote that he wants to see changes to the city’s housing lottery that would make it easier for rent-overloaded families to qualify for affordable housing offered by the city, by changing rules around “the strict rent ratio -income requirement not to exceed 30% of income for payment of annual rent.” The BP says the current rules too often disqualify poor families who already spend well over 30% of their annual income on rent.

Churches United For Fair Housing, an activist group opposed to the rezoning plan, welcomed Adams’ decision to reject it in its current form. “This proposed plan should be rejected at every stage of the ULURP process. It will continue the trend of exclusive housing development in our city’s most segregated neighborhood. This plan is anti-black and anti-Latino and we are appalled that this project is still under study.”

The Planning Commission will hold a public meeting on July 26 to consider planning approval.