NEWARK, NJ—Hollister Construction Services has broken ground on the second of three planned residential buildings to be constructed as part of Teachers Village, a revitalization project in downtown Newark, N.J. Developed by Ron Beit of the RBH Group and designed by architect Richard Meier, the development, upon completion, will comprise eight low-rise buildings. Hollister is responsible for the ground-up construction of three of those eight.

The first floor of the buildings will encompass 60,000 sq. ft. of retail space with the remaining floors including 110,000 sq. ft. of education space and 250,000 sq. ft. of studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, totaling 420,000 sq. ft. of new construction.

Two of the project’s buildings will be leased to charter schools and a daycare. The other six buildings will contain rental apartments and retail to provide a live, work, play environment ideal for city teachers.

“One of Hollister’s core commitments as a company has been to support the on-going revitalization of Newark, with a special focus on reaching out to the city’s underserved youth, and it is therefore a great honor be part of the team building Teachers Village,” said Chris Johnson, Founder & CEO. “This extraordinary project, which brings new opportunities to the city, allows us to add our deep expertise as construction managers in Newark to a visionary integration of excellent schools and affordable housing.”

Hollister’s construction team includes David Williams serving as project manager and Tom Ehrola as project superintendent.