Hat City Lofts – Leading the Way for Neighborhood Transformation in Orange NJ

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Hat City Lofts – Leading the Way for Neighborhood Transformation in Orange NJ

HANDS celebrated a neighborhood revitalization milestone with the completion of Hat City Lofts – the adaptive reuse of blighted factories transformed into vibrant affordable loft living and creative economy commercial space. HANDS Executive Director, Luther Flurry was joined by Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr., the Hon. Dwayne Warren, Mayor of Orange Township, New Jersey Community Capital’s President, Wayne Meyer and HANDS Founder, Patrick Morrissy along with government officials, funders and partner organizations, residents and business owners on May 31st, 2018 at 10am in the courtyard of Hat City Lofts (formerly the F. Berg Hat Factory) at 475 South Jefferson Street, Orange, NJ.

“Throughout the United States, we are seeing a resurgence of local communities,” said Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. “The Hat City Lofts project is the cornerstone for Orange’s arts community. This development, which my father worked hard to boost, will help revitalize the neighborhood and make the Valley Arts District a creative hub for entrepreneurship

From left- HANDS Board Member, Dr. Mindy Fullilove, HANDS Board Treasurer, Tom Slater; HUD NJ Field Office Director, Maria Maio-Messano; Prudential, Marica Smith; HANDS Board Vice-Chair, Rebecca Doggett; Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation Exe Dir., Steven Gomez; M&T Bank, Robert Carrozza; HANDS Exe Dir., Luther Flurry; Dir. Of Div. of Housing & Comm. Resources, Janel Winter; Orange Township Mayor, Dwayne Warren, Esq; HANDS Founder, Patrick Morrissy; Dir. Of Real Estate, CAPC, Jeffery Crum; Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr.; HANDS Board Chair, Elliott Lee; Valley National Bank, Bernadette Mueller; NeighborWorks America Relationship Manager, Keith Getter and Senior Dir. Of Northeast Region for NeighborWorks America, Eileen Anderson

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Photo by Jared Kofsky of Jersey Diggs