Richard Meier and Partners just celebrated the opening of 230 Halsey Street - a new charter school building at the Teachers Village development in Newark, NJ. With retail on the bottom floor and two charter schools on the top three, the building adds more utility to the mixed-use project, which is located in Newark's downtown area. Incorporating ample daylighting and aiming for LEED Neighborhood Development certification, the Teachers Village project will make an important impact on the urban fabric and vibrancy of the downtown area, while improving education and providing housing for local teachers.
230 Halsey Street is just one of eight buildings that make up the mixed-use Teachers Village in Newark. Located in Newark’s downtown district south of Market Street, the project will create a new urban core with walkable streets, retail, residences and schools. There will be approximately 200 residential units available for teachers, along with three charter schools, and a daycare center. The project was master planned by Richard Meier, who was actually born in Newark.
On September 25th, Richard Meier and Partners celebrated the opening of 230 Halsey Street and were accompanied at the ribbon cutting ceremony by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker. The bottom level of the structure provides retail space, while the top three will be used for 2 different charter schools. The entire project is pursuing LEED for Neighborhood Development designation with the US Green Building Council. This means the project has been designed to meet high levels of sustainable design and incorporated the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building strategies. The project also helps to revitalize the downtown core and replaces parking lots with a new high quality neighborhood.
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