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Jabari Henderson-Brown Honored at Ribbon Cutting for Newark’s Teachers Village

10/10/2017
Ribbon Cutting

Newark, NJ - AFL- CIO Housing Investment Trust (HIT) Vice President Carol Nixon, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, CEO and founder of RBH Group Ron Beit, and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker gathered with private and public partners, elected officials, and leaders within the Newark community to cut the ribbon marking the completion of Newark’s Teachers Village, a brand new mixed-use project in Newark’s downtown.

“It is exciting to see that the vision we had for this neighborhood which just a few years ago was made up of surface parking lots and dilapidated buildings has become a community centered around the educators of the children of this City.” Said Mr. Beit. “When we broke ground on Teachers Village, I said that we looked forward to the day when Newark students would be sitting in brand new schools, and their teachers living in beautiful, moderately priced apartments, with open space, recreational amenities and retail establishments that make a community a neighborhood. That day has come.”

The program also honored the memory of HIT Investment Officer Jabari Henderson-Brown who passed away in 2014 while the Teachers Village project was under construction. Jabari grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and attended Stuyvesant High School. After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, he received an MBA from the University of Southern California. He began work with the HIT in 2009 and was a passionate advocate for the Teachers Village project.

The family of Jabari Henderson-Brown, including his parents, wife, and 2 year-old son, were in attendance to witness the dedication of the Jabari Henderson-Brown Piazza.

“Jabari really saw what Teachers Village could be. When we initially received the information on Teachers Village it really sparked something in him. When he saw the vision behind Teachers Village he was immediately committed to making sure that Building America CDE would invest in the project. He refused to take no for an answer,” said Carol Nixon. “Teachers Village is a catalytic project. It’s the first new construction in Newark in about 40 years. About a thousand students come to the Newark Teachers Village site each day for education. It’s truly a source of hope and inspiration not just to the Newark residents, but I think to the country as a whole in terms of how to revitalize a community.”

HIT affiliate Building America CDE provided $17.7 million through two New Markets Tax Credits investments to fund the development of the $150 million, six-building, 400,000 square feet complex. The Teachers Village project is already having many positive impacts within the Newark community.

For more information on Jabari Henderson-Brown’s life and work, please visit http://www.aflcio-hit.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=3196".