Baraka announces plans for second Hope Village to provide housing

NEWARK, NJ — On July 14, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced plans for Newark Hope Village II and that the city is seeking a partnership with developers and architects to help create the site. The program follows the success of the original Newark Hope Village, an initiative to convert shipping containers to temporarily shelter […]

Newark launches 2021 Summer Youth Employment Program

Newark launches 2021 Summer Youth Employment Program

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras J. Baraka joined multiple local and national philanthropic supporters, representatives of the business and university community, and teen program participants on July 7 to launch the 2021 Newark Summer Youth Employment Program. Newark SYEP is a six-week initiative that will employ more than 3,000 Newarkers ages 14 to 24 who […]

Developer purchases Bears Stadium for mixed-use development

Developer purchases Bears Stadium for mixed-use development

NEWARK, NJ — After securing Newark Municipal Council approval of an amended redevelopment agreement for the Bears Stadium site in April, a new developer has completed purchase of the property. The developer, May Newark LLC, an affiliate of Accurate Builders and Developers, proposed a mixed-use development plan for the now vacant site to be built […]

New report bolsters Newark’s Environmental Justice and Cumulative Impacts Ordinance

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced May 11 that the Newark Environmental Commission, in partnership with the city’s Office of Sustainability and Office of Planning and Zoning, and with funding from the Victoria Foundation, has launched a new report, which was approved at an Environmental Commission meeting. View the report at  “The […]

Baraka, local leaders launch initiative to reduce area flood risk

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, along with a coalition of local leaders and technical experts, announced April 15 the launch of the Resilient Northeastern New Jersey initiative. This joint effort between the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, Bayonne, Hudson County, Ironbound Community Corporation and HOPES Community Action Partnership, […]

Sheila Oliver, elected leaders show support for funding to study new University Hospital facility

NEWARK, NJ — On Wednesday, April 14, N.J. Lt. Gov. Sheila Y. Oliver and other state and local officials visited University Hospital and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School to express their support for funding within Gov. Phil Murphy’s budget for planning efforts to define a new University Hospital facility in Newark. The governor’s proposed fiscal […]

Newark mayor announces joint effort to improve public safety in cities

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras J. Baraka joined Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and leading community safety experts on Thursday, March 25, to announce the formation of a first-in-the-nation association of community-based public safety and violence prevention programs. The Community Based Public Safety Association will comprise key leaders and organizations representing major U.S. cities, connecting […]

Baraka, partners officially announce new 66-unit apartment building, Kawaida Towers

NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, along with a three-organization development team and education leaders, officially announced Kawaida Towers, a 16-story, approximately 66-unit apartment building that will replace a deteriorated city-owned building at 17-21 Halsey St., at the corner of Central Avenue, at a ceremony on-site on March 17.  Kawaida’s combination of features is […]

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