Newark celebrates opening of luxury hotel

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on March 26, 2015

Newark city officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Hotel Indigo.

 

NEWARK -- Newark city officials cheered today the opening of Hotel Indigo in the city's downtown district.

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Central Ward councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins called the project "transformative" and "overdue."

"Mayor we can't wait for many more projects like this," she said addressing Newark mayor Ras Baraka.

The hotel includes 108 rooms, a ground-floor restaurant and rooftop bar. The $32 million project was financed by a combination of funds from the New Jersey Devils, Prudential Financial and the state Economic Development Authority among other entities.

The project, which began about four years ago, created 150 construction jobs. Afterwards, about 100 people were hired, most of whom were Newarkers, according to developer Samer Hanini.

Located at 810 broad Street,the hotel sits on the site of the former First National State Bank Building.

The hotel officially opened in December.

Baraka said the project was one of many more to come.

"You should be very very excited about whats's happening" in Newark, he said.

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