15 million sq ft! Wow, if they put that in not too much buildings they can create additional recreation space.
Plans for the first phase of the Richard Meier-designed Teachers Village in Newark have been closing in on completion, but it appears that something slightly larger is on the horizon, in the form of SoMA Newark. RBH Group, which is the firm behind the Meier project, has posted new renderings of their greater plan, and — assuming the scheme is actually built — the collective change will result in the complete rebirth of the city.
Teachers Village residential district
The SoMA scheme would boost Newark’s vertical profile significantly, and looks to include at least one potential ‘supertall’ standing over 1,000 feet. Altogether, the plan would add three major office towers, in addition to several slender residential skyscrapers. Collectively, the high-rises could even push Downtown Newark’s height past Jersey City and Downtown Brooklyn — though the apparent goal of a 2025 completion date leaves room for alterations before all aspects are constructed.
All images are from my blog,
The area currently: Richard Meier's Teacher's Village, all new construction
The building on the right was hit by a bus that was trying to avoid a taxi that crossed into oncoming traffic. All 4 of the short buildings in the foreground will be town down and replaced by an approximately 30 story tower.
The following three images are from the Teacher's Village homepage.
2015?!!? view showing the 30 story tower to replace the bus crash buildings that will be topped by a tall spire and an about 15 story building that might be part of the Teacher's Village project. Also, the Calumet building will be torn down, due to horrible structural decay from being without a facade for 10 years, and replaced with a replacement of the same scale.
The 2025 aerial view shows the potential if the whole development actually goes ahead. The best part is that no significant buildings will be lost to build this, reversing a 60+ year trend. The tallest towers will replace the now empty Bank of America fortress (two halves surrounded by 10 foot iron fences and connected by skybridge across the street and to their 2 level parking deck) by the corner of University and Market Streets, with a third tower on the useless entry plaza for Essex County College. The rest of the buildings will replace a number of rather forgetable buildings between University and Washington Streets, with a few near the Teacher's Village. The megatower on Broad Street will be on at the Northwest corner of Hill Street on a fenced off green space. The southernmost building, the massive about 15 story building in the background, is currently a huge vacant lot by West Kinney Street. A backhoe has been sitting on that site for more than a month, causing false hopes of actual development on that site.
If even a small portion of this plan happens, Newark will be in for an unparalleled renewal and revitalization that will give it a skyline that will be comparable with Baltimore, Boston, and Jersey City. The best part is, most of the development will cover surface lots or tiny, rather unimportant buildings that stand alone in empty lots. Hopefully some sort of rail-based transit system will be put in place to expedite this massive growth. The closest rail station is the Newark Light Rail station at the corner or Raymond Boulevard and Washington Street, seen just to the right of the huge redbrick Prudential building. 11 Years could bring amazing things to Newark!
I don't think that section of Newark (NNW of EWR) is in a flightpath.Is Newark Airport an Issue? I don't think these towers are close to the takeoff/landing pattern but the FAA might be picky with 1000 ft towers so close to an airport. Especially such a busy one.
So where is this project on those maps?I don't think that section of Newark (NNW of EWR) is in a flightpath.
I agree, I'd rather have this in Jersey city as well too.It's gorgeous but predicated on 3 office towers 800ft- supertall when Jersey City which overlooks the Manhattan skyline can't get ONE large office tower bit. Wish em well but for the foreseeable future a dream like that REALLY is all wet. Better off they emphasize residential/ mixed and a far smaller portion on office tower space.
I know, I was saying I agree then adding that last part on, although it did kind of sound like I was paraphrasing him.That's not what he was saying.
Yep... I LOVE the vision, would love Newark and Jersey City to really soar in the next decade or two but three office towers that huge in Newark simply won't happen before a couple of similar sized ones get built here in Jersey City. We're directly across the Hudson and yet can't get even one large one built. Newport is the next office tower to be built and they're only going 17 or so floors, wide but not tall. A couple of supertalls in Jersey City would be nice, but the way things are going it would have to be residential.I know, I was saying I agree then adding that last part on, although it did kind of sound like I was paraphrasing him.