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Mayor Ras J. Baraka and County Executive Joseph N. Divincenzo Announce Lotus Equity Group has Closed on Acquiring Former Bears/Eagles Riverfront Stadium; will be Transformed into 7.5 acres of Mixed-Used Neighborhood

Newark, NJ –- November 10, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and real estate development company Lotus Equity Group, today announced that Lotus has closed on its acquisition of the former Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark. Lotus purchased the site from the Essex County Improvement Authority, which owned and managed the stadium for the City of Newark and Essex County, and has selected the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU) – founded by noted planner and architect Vishaan Chakrabarti – to create a master plan that will transform the stadium and…

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Mayor Baraka and US Department of Housing and Urban Development Cut Ribbon to Open 1 Lincoln Towers, Phase 1

Newark, NJ – November 3, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark Housing Authority Executive Director Keith Kinard, New Jersey Economic Development Authority CEO Melissa Orsen, and Newark US Department of Housing and Urban Development Field Office Director Maria Maio-Messano cut the ribbon today to open the renovated Lincoln Towers, Phase I senior citizens’ complex at 79 Lincoln Street. Lincoln Towers, formerly Scudder Homes, Geraldine “Gigi” Foushee Towers, consisted of two, 11-story high-rise buildings containing 252 studios, one- and two-bedrooms apartments. The construction and renovation reduced the overall number of units to 209-one and two-bedroom apartments, to create more efficient…

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Mayor Baraka and US Department of Housing and Urban Development to cut Ribbon to Open New Community Center

Newark, NJ – November 1, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, South Ward Council Member John Sharpe James, Newark Housing Authority Executive Director Keith Kinard, and Newark US Department of Housing and Urban Development Field Office Director Maria Maio-Messano will cut the ribbon to open the new Training, Recreation, and Education Center tomorrow, Wednesday, November 2, at 11 a.m., at 55 Ludlow Street, in the city’s South Ward. The Newark Housing Authority will manage programs and events from the TREC. The facility is an ideal location for satellite offices of businesses and organizations to service low-income residents and the community…

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Mayor Ras J Baraka to Dedicate Corner of Dey Street and Central Ave to Honor Traffic and Signals Manager Jack Nata on Wednesday,

Newark, NJ—September 21, 2016—Mayor Ras J. Baraka and Central Ward Council Member Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins will host a ceremony to re-name the corner of Dey Street and Central Avenue in the City’s Central Ward today, Wednesday, September 21, at 1:30 p.m. to honor Division of Traffic and Signals Manager Jack Nata, who recently passed away. The location is adjacent to the Division’s complex. Mr. Nata was a 27-year municipal employee at the time of his death, who rose through the Department of Engineering ranks to become Manager of Traffic and Signals. He was responsible for maintenance of the City’s streets, signs,…

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City of Newark Unveils Las Heroinas Mural on Broadway and Herbert Place

Newark, NJ – July 29, 2016 – The City of Newark, Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement Jacqueline Quiles, the Department of Economic and Housing Development, and other dignitaries unveiled Las Heroinas mural today on Broadway and Herbert Place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Trio Cristal and El Son del Caribe performed at the event. The Las Heroinas mural honors the achievements of five Puerto Rican women in history. The women depicted on the mural include: Felisa Rincon de Gautier, Lola Rodriguez de Tio, Mariana Bracetti, Julia de Burgos, and Maria Luisa Arcelay. The murals are part of Mayor Baraka’s…

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Newark Passes Innovative Environmental Justice Ordinance

Newark, NJ – July 15, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today a major milestone in urban development and revitalization – New Jersey’s most progressive environmental justice ordinance.  The Newark City Council passed bold legislation that requires developers requesting environmental permits to inform the City of any environmental impacts. This information is to be submitted to the City’s Environmental Commission along with the developer’s initial site-plan application so that the Commission can advise the Central Planning Board, Zoning Board of Adjustment and the public of any possible “cumulative pollution impacts.” Typical urban pollution sources are runoff water from buildings,…

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Internationally Renowned James Corner Field Operations To Lead Landscape Design Efforts For Newark’s Award- Winning Riverfront Park

Newark, NJ – June 14, 2016 – Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Deputy Mayor of Economic and Housing Development Baye Adofo-Wilson and Newark Community Economic Development Corporation Acting President and CEO Scott Blow announced today that James Corner Field Operations will be the lead designer and landscape architect for more than 15 acres of additional Riverfront Park space and walkways, bringing the total size of the city’s only public access to the Passaic River waterfront to well over 31 acres. Field Operations, a leading-edge, urban design, landscape architecture and public space firm is well known for their work across the river,…

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PSE&G To Upgrade Aging Cast Iron Gas Facilities in Newark

Newark, NJ –- June 3, 2016 — Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced today that Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) will be working in Newark to replace approximately 15 miles of older gas pipes with new, durable plastic and/or coated steel piping – ensuring a continued safe, clean and reliable gas system well into the future. The new pipes will improve reliability, reduce the possibility of methane leaks, and enable the installation of excess flow valves on service lines. These valves dramatically reduce gas flow if a pipe is damaged. The elevated pressure of the new gas mains will…

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Catch the Baraka Train at S. 11th St. soon. https://t.co/EuudvHCFzR | Tweeted On: Apr 28, 2017

Happy Friday Newark! Today will be sunny with a high of 82°. Alternate side parking is in effect. | Tweeted On: Apr 28, 2017

Local Police Officers and Firefighters Earn 'Valor Awards' https://t.co/njlfwDmCsJ | Tweeted On: Apr 27, 2017

Tomorrow Mayor @rasjbaraka will engage and provide info & services from 10a-2p. Interested in being an ambassador? Please call: 9737335368 | Tweeted On: Apr 27, 2017

.@NewarkNJPolice to begin wearing and using body/dash cams from @PanasonicUSA. #NewarkForward https://t.co/kOcC3xW4BH | Tweeted On: Apr 27, 2017

Newark mansion restored to house small businesses. @NewarkCEDC @newarkfoundry Mayor @rasjbaraka #NewarkForward https://t.co/f6iP8Nclv0 | Tweeted On: Apr 27, 2017

Join us for the celebration of the Shani Baraka Women's Resource Center Saturday, May 13, at 10am https://t.co/5EKrtMRdmW | Tweeted On: Apr 27, 2017

Come see the premiere of "Chapter & Verse" with us at @cityplex12 this Friday, April 28, at 7:15p https://t.co/gPpThBHbwc | Tweeted On: Apr 27, 2017

Thursday, May 4, make sure you get over to @EWRairport Terminal B for the Aviation Job Fair with your resume and bu… https://t.co/DkmC9kPAab | Tweeted On: Apr 27, 2017

#HappeningNow: Mayor @rasjbaraka opens @TheRevAl @NationalAction's "How Should We Organize in the Trump Era?" panel… https://t.co/3daTAl7amk | Tweeted On: Apr 27, 2017

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