Monthly Archives: October 2009

Making the Rules for Riverfront Development: the Workbook

This workbook has been designed to make clear the choices that Newark faces in setting the rules and priorities for development along its riverfront. Please download the section that interests you or the entire workbook. Email your comments to newarkriverfront [at], or watch this space for the next public meeting where these issues will be discussed.

Riverfront Workbook Introduction

Riverfront Workbook 1: Riverfront Overview

Riverfront Workbook 2: North Ward

Riverfront Workbook 3: Lower Broadway

Riverfront Workbook 4: Downtown

Riverfront Workbook 5: Ironbound

10/25 Walkshop — North of 280

North of 280 Riverfront Walkshop
Sunday, October 25, 2-5 pm

This tour covered the Newark riverfront north of Route 280, its history and visions for its future. Along the way, participants documented what they found using cameras and maps. The day concluded with a workshop where we discussed ideas for the area and how people from Newark and beyond can make it happen.

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The tour group. We met Richard Perlen, who operates a steel fabrication business just north of Clay Street.

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Steel machines. It’s good to see things being made by people in Newark (like they have for hundreds of years).

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We visited Innovation Fuels, which produces biodiesel on a site formerly owned by Standard Fuel. John Fox, one of the owners, told us how his operation uses barges and the nearby railroad to ship materials in and out. A jar of animal fat that will become biodiesel.

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Innovation Fuel transforms fat, on the left, into biodiesel, on the right.

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Graffiti wall known as Newark Wall of Fame along the rail spur.

At the end of our walk, we had juices at Mariela’s Café, across Broadway from Mount Prospect Cemetery, and talked about what we had seen.

Tuesday, October 13: Help Make the Future of Newark’s Riverfront!

Making the Rules for Riverfront Development
Public Meeting on Newark Riverfront Development Framework
Tuesday, October 13, 6-9 pm
Newark City Hall, First Floor Rotunda
920 Broad Street
Newark, NJ 07102
Please RSVP to newarkriverfront [at]

For decades, Newarkers have discussed visions of the waterfront, including a riverfront trail, new parks, and opportunities for development. At this meeting, you will learn about what it will take to make these visions into reality, and how the rules are set to guide the development of the riverfront. Please come and join the conversation about the future of the Newark riverfront.