BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The old Marty’s Shoes building on Broad Street in Bloomfield could be torn down and replaced with three dozen apartments.
For several years, new residential and mixed-use developments in Bloomfield have largely been clustered in the blocks surrounding Bloomfield Avenue, with complexes such as Avalon Bloomfield Station and The Green at Bloomfield rising in the municipality’s central business district. However, a newly proposed project could rise over a mile away from where other new buildings have recently been constructed.
Two four-story structures are planned for 462-470 Broad Street, between Warren Street and Comley Place, according to a legal notice that was issued yesterday. An anonymous Livingston-based firm called 470 Broad Development, LLC is behind the proposal for this property, which sits in a Neighborhood Business Zone and a Single Family Residential Zone If given the necessary approvals, the complex would be entirely residential and include a combined 36 apartments. In addition, parking garages would be provided for residents on the bottom of each building.
Currently, the property contains a small building that has been largely vacant over the last decade, but the structure is slated to be demolished under the current proposal. Over the years, the one-story structure has been home to J & L Properties, a business called The Fitness Center for Women Only, campaign offices, and Marty’s Shoes. NJ Parcels data shows that the site, which sits across from Brookside Park at the northern edge of a business district, has been owned by a company known as 462 Broad Street, LLC since 2016.
The matter is scheduled to be heard by the Bloomfield Zoning Board of Adjustment during its upcoming meeting on July 19, according to the notice. 470 Broad Development, LLC is looking to obtain both Preliminary and Final Site Plan approvals in connection with the project, along with multiple variances such as height, density, rear yard setback, and having two structures on one lot. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Building.