Richard Meier and Lloyd Blankfein Grab Their Shovels in Newark

When you're smiling...
When you're smiling, the whole town smiles with you.
Richard Meier comes home to Newark.
The project consists of seven buildings.
It is meant to help revive the city's schools and its streets.
There are 200 apartments for teachers.
Ground-floor retail helps fund the project.
Two new academic buildings house three charter schools and a daycare.
The project has Mr. Meier's clean lines even if it presents a slightly tough urban face.
Clean lines and still plenty of glass in places—pure Richard Meier.
Any teacher, or anyone, really, would feel at home here.
A site plan for the project.

It is almost impossible to live inside one of Richard Meier’s fabulously sleek homes without a net worth exceeding eight figures. From Hamptons homes to the Perry Street “lofts,” those glass sentinels overlooking the Hudson, Mr. Meier’s architecture is synonymous with the high-end. But just across the river, in Newark, 200 lucky teachers will be able to call a Richard Meier apartment home.

The project was cooked up two years ago by the RBH Group, a private developer, who is using investments from the Berggruen Foundation and Goldman Sach’s Urban Investment Group, showing the innercity does pay. In addition to the 200 apartments for teachers, the complex includes two school buildings housing three charter schools and a daycare center, as well as ground floor retail throughout.

Yesterday’s groundbreaking drew a slew of bigwigs, including Governor Chris Christie, Mayor Corey Booker, Lloyd Blankfein and Mr. Meier himself, for whom is was a homecoming of sorts. “I was born in Newark and have vivid memories of visiting my families’ business in downtown Newark,” Mr. Meier said. “This is a sort of homecoming for me and an opportunity for me to apply a lifetime of skills learned in the world arena to the revitalization of a major area of the city’s downtown.”

Checking out renderings for the project, The Observer is starting to think we went into the wrong line of work.

mchaban [at] | @MC_NYC

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