Residents came out in droves yesterday, pleading with Newark’s city council not to approve a new zoning ordinance they said would change the Ironbound irrevocably. MX-3 would allow development of high-rise, high-density residential buildings in the East Ward neighborhood.
Along with rising rents, residents said they feared the tight-knit, largely immigrant community would be gentrified by an influx of people from New York and Hoboken.
“The Ironbound is a successful working-class neighborhood. We got a place in the New York metropolitan area where people of color can live, can still afford apartments. And that right now is becoming an artifact,” said resident Emily Turonis. Others worried about school overcrowding and stress on aging infrastructure in an area that already floods easily and often, and will only get worse as vacant lots are built on.
Despite the protests, council members, including East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador, unanimously approved the measure.
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