Newark Schools Superintendent Wants Sit-Down With Developer, Labor Over Troubled Trades High School Project

"We will make sure that in the coming days, the developer as well as our labor force - which we respect and support 100% - that we're creating a conversation amongst them to, hopefully, resolve anything that is in dispute," Leon said. "I'm expecting there to be a resolution to this quite disturbing reporting that you have shared, so we're looking forward to assisting in those conversations."

The high school is being built on the site of the former St. James Hospital in the city's Ironbound neighborhood. The district entered into a $160 million lease with 155 Jefferson St. Urban Renewal LLC to refurbish the building. Albert Nigri, Avi Penamu, and Jack Hazen are listed as partners of 155 Jefferson. Nigri is the CEO of Summit Assets, which lists the project on its website, and Penamu and Hazen are managing partners of Winchester Equities.

The superintendent was quick to point out that while the project is not being built directly by the district, he is hoping to clarify the duties of all parties involved. 

"Given the reporting, we're hoping that this developer understands what his responsibilities are, and then they move forward accordingly," Leon said.

When asked about these issues prior to the publication of the accounts by TAPinto Newark, the school district responded by saying, “The district does not comment on pending litigation.”

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