East Orange, New Jersey: Another new development project is planned for the City of East Orange.
The project, called Hue Lofts, is slated to rise along North Arlington Avenue near City Hall Plaza and Main Street, at the site of a currently gated and vacant tract opposite the main East Orange Train Station. East Orange Public Information Officer Connie Jackson told Essex County Place that the $70 million project will be developed by Novus Equities, of Jersey City, and will include residential space, live/work spaces for artists, an art gallery, a small amphitheater, and both national and regional retailers.
"The developers have committed to hiring at least 20% of employees from East Orange for the entire project - construction to completion", said Jackson.
East Orange's mayor, Lester E. Taylor, III, addressed the development during his State of the City speech last week, stating that "this project will be the flagship of our arts and cultural district", and that the live/work spaces will "bring the arts back to our community".
Construction is slated to begin in March, and should be completed within 18 to 24 months, according to Jackson.
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