EAST ORANGE, NJ – The City of East Orange broke ground on the first set of affordable homes to be built by community partner, La Casa De Don Pedro yesterday. The Groundbreaking Ceremony was held at the corner of Eaton Place and 15th Street in East Orange. This event marks the start of construction of the new project, which will begin in the first quarter of 2016.

This project, to be completed in the Fall of 2016, is just the beginning of redevelopment and revitalization for the Greenwood Area. 

The City of East Orange, in partnership with La Casa De Don Pedro, is presenting a unique opportunity for residents to own brand new quality homes at an affordable price. La Casa will partner with numerous community organizations, lending partners, and local government to fulfill the dream of lasting homeownership to hard working families.

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Those looking to purchase the new homes will be able to take advantage of a $25,000 grant towards the purchase of the home provided by the City of East Orange. Income limits for the homes are based on household size. 

East Orange Mayor Lester E. Taylor spoke passionately to the participants concerning the false notion that the area was unsafe for families; pointing out that of cities of comparable size, “East Orange is the safest city in the nation” - a fact that is often lost due to negative press and unsubstantiated rumors.  

Raymond Ocasio, Executive Director of La Casa de Don Pedro, addressed the audience to express his commitment and hope that this project would begin a new era in development for this neighborhood. 

"The affordable single families home will have 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths with an attached garage," said Alle Ries, Community Economic Development Director, La Casa de Don Pedro. "We pride ourselves on building affordable homes with high quality, durable finishes that are perfect for first time homeowners who want a comfortable home that fits the family budget.

Interested homeowners can contact Lindha Perez at 973-485-0701, ext. 4621 or Realtor James Hughes at 201-675-1210.