ELIZABETH, NJ –The city’s first African-American Cultural and Learning Center opened with a ribbon-cutting by city and county officials yesterday as part of the Spring Street Project, a $3.2 million mixed use development featuring located at 460-466 Spring Street (Route 1 & 9 South at corner of Emma Street).

The 39,498 square foot site, which broke ground in May 2012,will include a community theatre/multipurpose facility and 20 affordable rental housing units encompassing 10 multi-generational residences and 10 active adult residences.

N.J. Community Development is working in partnership with the city of Elizabeth and County of Union to catalyze advancements in socialized housing for the millennium in the city of Elizabeth, New Jersey’s fourth largest city. Working in partnership with the city of Elizabeth and the NJ Community Development Group, Union County contributed $850,000 in Neighborhood Stabilization funds, and an additional $250,000 in Home Investment Partnership Program funds.

Union County Freeholder Vice Chairman Bruce H. Bergen and Freeholders Bette Jane Kowalski and Sergio Granados joined Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Assemblyman Jamel Holley, Community Development Group CEO and President Armando D’Errico, Elizabeth Council President Patricia Perkins-Auguste, Councilmen William Gallman, Carlos Torres, Kevin Kiniery and Manny Grova, Union County Manager Alfred Faella joined other officials in cutting the ribbon opening the Spring Street Project in Elizabeth.