Interesting tie-in with O’Neal’s One Rector Street building project. (A project which has been fraught with delays since its announcement in 2013.)
Former professional basketball player and Newark native Shaquille O’Neal was back in town Tuesday to announce the creation of IMPACT Newark, a program designed to help minorities, women and veterans secure union construction jobs for projects in the city.
The hope is that program participants will begin to work on Boraie Development’s $65 million One Rector Street project, which O’Neal is backing.
The project calls for a 23-story, 169-unit residential tower featuring ground-floor retail space that officials say will be Newark’s first high-rise in over a half-century.
“I was born and raised in Newark,” O’Neal said Tuesday at news conference at City Hall. “In some ways, I never left Newark. This project is a symbol of my love of the city that shaped who I am today.”