New Community’s Accomplishments
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New Community Corporation’s (NCC) first real estate development project opened in 1975. It was followed by a series of family and senior residences that were built and opened throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 1985, NCC completed the renovation of its current headquarters, St. Joseph Plaza, located on West Market Street in Newark. This became one of NCC’s first economic development projects, converting the formerly shuttered church into a 24,000-square-foot complex that included office and conference space, a restaurant and jazz club. A 180-bed Extended Care Facility opened in 1986 and a transitional housing facility for homeless families, called Harmony House, was completed in 1989. The New Community Neighborhood Shopping Center, including a Pathmark supermarket, opened its doors in 1990.
The pace and scope of NCC’s undertakings mushroomed during the 1990s to include a rapidly expanding presence in health care, Hispanic development and immigration services, a state-of-the-art Workforce Development Center, one of New Jersey’s largest welfare-to-work programs and also the establishment of community-based charter schools.
Over the course of four decades, New Community had become one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive providers of community-based programs and services. Today, it stands as the nation’s most compelling model of “critical scale” community-based development.
The $25 million Community Hills development of two- and three-bedroom town homes, for instance, provides home ownership opportunities on the site of the former Hayes Homes public housing project, adjacent to the flashpoint of the 1967 social disorders.
In 2010, a housing development known as Roseville Commons opened to provide 50 units of low and moderate income housing in the West Ward of Newark through a partnership with RPM Development Corp., one of New Jersey’s leading private developers of affordable housing.
New Community’s latest projects include Springfield Village in Newark, a joint residential/commercial venture with RPM Development Group, and A Better Life, a residence for the chronically homeless being built in Newark through a partnership with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.
Guided by its mission to help residents of inner cities improve the quality of their lives to reflect individual, God-given dignity and personal achievement, New Community is also a leader in education, early childhood learning and the expansion of health care, with the opening of a major health care complex in 2004. In addition to its 180-bed Extended Care Facility, New Community has also brought health care closer to the elderly by offering on-site physician and nursing services inside its senior buildings.
New Community also opened a 30-bed sub-acute unit within its Extended Care Facility in 2009, catering to patients who require shorter stays to undergo rehabilitation from conditions like stroke and heart attack.
In its commitment to providing comprehensive and holistic services, NCC is leading the way for the next generation of community-based development.