Text description provided by the architects. Teachers Village consists of two new school buildings, residential apartments for Newark-based educators, and retail space in downtown Newark, south of Market Street and west of Broad Street. It will encompass eight new buildings, including Workforce Housing, school buildings that currently house charter schools and a day-care center, and small to mid-scale retail located along Halsey Street between Branford Place and Hill Street. These elements will provide approximately 200 residential units for teachers, three charter schools, a daycare center and a variety of retail spaces at street level. Sustainable design, new landscaping and streetscape improvements are integral to the goal of creating an exemplary development for a flourishing community in Newark.
Richard Meier comments: “Teachers Village is one of the most exciting of several new urban development initiatives in New Jersey. The construction and design of 230 Halsey Street reflects our commitment to the revitalization of downtown Newark. The new building is located at the center of the development. Natural light has been an important consideration and all the different classrooms and commercial spaces on the ground floor will be full of natural light with various views to the neighborhood. 230 Halsey Street will contribute to the rich urban fabric of Newark and the vibrant social activity along the urban corridor of Halsey Street.”
230 Halsey Street is located on a 30,000 sf lot on the east side of Halsey Street between William Street and the planned extension of Maiden Lane. The four story, 90,000 sf building provides approximately 20,000 sf of retail on the ground floor, and space that houses two charter schools in the upper three floors. The building includes a 5,850 sf space with a basketball court and a 1,400 sf fitness room which will be accessible to residents of the apartments and the public when not being used by the schools. The North wing houses one 37,600 sf charter school. The second 10,000 sf charter school and gym spaces are located in the South wing.
Each new building of Teachers Village will be site specific and has been designed relative to its context. Street wall heights have been designed in accordance with the Newark Living Downtown Plan and will provide a rich variety of street conditions. The new Halsey Street retail corridor is at the heart of the development and offers a mix of venues for vibrant street life. The residential spaces and schools are designed with generous windows that are open to the light and activity of the environment. As required by the Newark Living Downtown Plan, all of the new building fronts facing Halsey Street will be four-stories tall, not exceeding 60 feet in height.
Teachers Village is one of the first developments in America to pursue the LEED Neighborhood Development designation by the US Green Building Council, indicating that the project meets the highest levels of sustainable design and that the neighborhood integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building strategies. Former parking lots are being transformed into a sustainable new neighborhood that offers its teacher residents opportunities to live where they work and to experience high-quality healthy living in an affordable, safe environment downtown.
Teachers Village, developed by Newark-based RBH Group, is intended to restore a sense of place by activating the streetscape along Halsey and William Streets, attracting residents, students, shoppers and visitors to this dynamic new community and to the existing cultural, entertainment and educational infrastructure of local institutions. 230 Halsey Street within the Teachers Village neighborhood is the piece of the puzzle that completes the picture of a healthy, vital downtown, creating a 24/7 environment and destination for diverse populations to linger and enjoy what downtown Newark can offer. On September 25, 2013, a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at the corner of Maiden Lane and Halsey Street, as part of the festivities to celebrate Teachers Village and the new building.