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Triple Play: Berger on ways the park transformation is benefiting downtown Newark

Triple Play is a weekly NJBIZ feature that asks top executives in New Jersey to talk about three things related to their industry.

three ways the transformation of the park is benefiting businesses in downtown Newark.

The ribbon-cutting of Newark’s Military Park this summer marked a rebirth for one of the city’s most significant historic landmarks. It also marked a milestone in the transformation of its neighborhood, where Prudential’s headquarters tower is rising, new residential projects are underway and existing office and hotel properties continue to see renewed momentum.

We asked Miles Berger of The Berger Organization, a longtime Newark office and hotel owner/operator, to outline three ways the transformation of the park is benefiting businesses in downtown Newark.

Mayor Ras Baraka’s inaugural ball at our Robert Treat Hotel began with a cocktail reception for 1,000 guests across the street in Military Park. The outstanding work by the Military Park Partnership clearly enabled us to use it as the venue for such an important occasion.

Military Park absolutely is serving as an amenity to the neighborhood’s office tenants, including those at our Park Place properties. Since the ribbon-cutting in June, it has been drawing crowds during the lunch hour.

This project has brought terrific energy to the Park Place neighborhood. It is so nice to see the daily activity stemming from the programming there, and the resulting interaction between local residents — of all ages — and the professional daytime population.

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