Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) celebrates 15 years of building a vibrant sustainable arts & culture district in the historic Lincoln Park neighborhood in downtown, Newark, NJ.  Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District’s mission and vision of building a sustainable arts & culture district in the historic Lincoln Park neighborhood continues to actualize with the opening of The Ingerman Group Properties’ new residential development – The Willows at Symphony Hall.  

Earlier this week, Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Central Ward Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins, Director of Housing Assistance Julio Colon, Newark YMCA President and CEO Michael Bright, BCM Affordable Housing President Bruce Morgan and Ingerman President and CEO Brad Ingerman cut the ribbon to open The Willows at Symphony Hall affordable housing project.  

Anthony Smith, Executive Director, LPCCD stated, “We are excited to see the progress in Lincoln Park.   As the Stewards of its rich history and culture, we celebrate our continued relationship with the City of Newark, BCM and Ingerman as we shape and manuscript the arts & culture district along Southern Broad Street.   As we see the fruits of our labor come to fruition, we welcome new partners like YMCA to join us in our continued efforts to fulfill our dreams of an affordable, diverse and inclusive community where we can live, work, play and thrive.”

(L-R) Jeremy Johnson of Newark Arts, Tony Gibbons of Crawford Street Partners, and Leon Denmark of Newark Symphony Hall

A joint project of the YMCA and Ingerman, this building will provide 60 affordable artist housing units, 20 of them one-bedroom units and 40 as two-bedroom units.  Some 15 of the 60 units are fully-furnished and set aside for residents with special needs, including six with mental illness and nine who are homeless with a disability. The four-story building’s amenities include a fitness center, community rooms with an artists’ studio and gallery space, furnished sundecks, playground, off-street parking, secured-entry, pet-friendly, and handicapped-accessible. 

(Photos Courtesy of Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District)