Newark, New Jersey: There may soon be more activities for children in a Newark neighborhood.
According to the City of Newark, the Department of Economic and Housing Development is planning to sell city property in the West Ward to a local non-profit organization. YouthBuild could acquire 131-133 South 12th Street in the Fairmount neighborhood of the city, between Central Avenue and 9th Avenue, close to the East Orange border. The long-vacant brick building at the site, once used for auto repairs, is slated to be rehabilitated and converted into a construction training lab for students within a year of its sale.
According to the organization,Youthbuild Newark "is an innovation-driven youth and community development agency that has drawn upon developmental theory and proven practices to serve Greater Newark’s disconnected youth for over twelve years". It is based just across the street along Central Avenue.
The Newark City Council will vote on the plan at its meeting tonight at City Hall.
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