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What's been called one of the most ambitious projects in Newark moved ahead into a new phase today, as Hollister Construction Services started on the second building of the Teachers Village, a mixed-use project headed by RBH Group.

The current phase includes three residential buildings that will be part of the eight-building project, and will include ground-floor retail space, in addition to several floors of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. The Teachers Village project, as a whole, includes three charter schools and 70,000 square feet of retail along Halsey Street.

“One of Hollister’s core commitments as a company has been to support the ongoing revitalization of Newark,” said Chris Johnson, Hollister founder and CEO. “This extraordinary project, which brings new opportunities to the city (and) allows us to add our deep expertise as construction managers in Newark to a visionary integration of excellent schools and affordable housing.”

The project broke ground in February 2012, after nearly two years of waiting on the economy to turn around. RBH Group chief Ron Beit credited the Economic Development Authority at that time with keeping the project alive through the Urban Transit Hub tax credit program.

In addition to the Teacher’s Village, Hollister’s roster of Newark projects include the Wakefern Food Corp. distribution facility, the Damascus Bakery facility and two educational centers.

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