Newark officials celebrate new affordable housing project

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on December 17, 2014

Newark officials welcomed on Tuesday the completion of the first phase of the Chadwick Avenue Village development project.

 

NEWARK — For a decade the Chadwick Avenue Village affordable housing project stood vacant and in disarray.

Now, the town-home apartments are being given a complete makeover.

Newark officials marked on Tuesday the completion of the first phase of the $7.6 million project, located at 189 Chadwick Avenue n the city's South Ward.

Twenty-two of 42 renovated apartments have been completed and will soon be ready for families, according to the Newark Housing Authority, which rehabilitated the building.

Four families who used to live in the building have been approved to move back in, the Housing Authority said.

Residents who meet the income requirements will be able to move into the new affordable housing building in early 2015.

The development was financed primarily through the Housing Authority, the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, Newark's Community Development Block Grant Program and rental subsidies.

South Ward councilman John Sharpe James said the development was an indication of improvements being made in the ward.

"It's about taking the ward back," he said. "Ten years it's not been occupied. Now we have the opportunity to have families move in."

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said the development project fits into his Model Neighborhood initiative in which the city focuses on putting development resources into the Lower West Ward and the Clinton Hill neighborhood in the South Ward to combat poverty and crime.

“We are doing a full court press in the city in these specific areas,” Baraka said during an interview.

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