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 happen,” Nash Laird said. “Just during the pandemic,
  The New Jersey Performing Arts Center and its development partners have detailed a $150 million expansion of the venue’s campus in downtown Newark, with plans including 350 apartments, a food hall and a new family arts and education center around the existing building.
Harrison noted that the cultural district includes Newark’s academic institutions and businesses, both large and small, while Lizura cited the importance of simply having people on the street. That means getting workers back to the office as well as leasing up the new apartments that are slated for the downtown. In the case of NJPAC, that could include more than
2,000 people living on the adjacent properties and in neighboring buildings.
“It really is going to create
a community that is a 24/7 environment,” Lizura said, “and
that is just the holy grail of what we want this city to be.” RE
create a new façade, marquee
and plaza meant to activate a stretch of Broad Street, along with improvements to as much as 50,000 square feet of tenant space and the addition of street-level restaurants.
Nash Laird, who wants to see the project completed in time for
Symphony Hall’s centennial in 2025, said the surrounding Lincoln Park neighborhood has already seen
an infusion of new development. The renovation of NSH will not only add to that resurgence, but provide further opportunities to train, employ and empower local
Notably, the project would create 500 construction jobs and contracting opportunities for 50 small businesses, she said.
“I have no doubt that the $50 million renovation is going to
Taneshia Nash Laird
we’ve raised $8.5 million. What I do want to make sure happens is that local people are participants in our success.”
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