Mayor Cory A. Booker, Members of the Municipal Council, Deputy Mayor of Economic and Housing Development Stefan Pryor, NJ Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Lori Grifa, and HELP USA Chair Maria Cuomo Cole, Make It Right Executive Director Tom Darden, and Newark residents helped us break ground for the construction of a new green, affordable housing project, on Friday, February 18, 2011, at 11 a.m. at 634-648 Clinton Avenue in the City’s South Ward.

This project will provide 56 units of rental housing for veterans and low-income families. Significant emphasis will be given to incorporating green and sustainable features within the overall building design. It will include computer rooms, a fitness center, meeting rooms, and community service space for programs to serve veterans, other tenants, and members of the local community. The building will also include a rooftop garden designed to be used by the tenants for growing vegetables.

The topping off ceremony marked the end of major construction on the site, with remaining construction elements to be implemented and completed in the coming months.  Please see the brief slideshow below for a glimpse into the site’s progress!