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Construction milestone met for Jersey City’s new $12.5M middle school


The structural frame for BelovED Community Charter School at 535 Grand St. in Jersey City.

Friends of BelovED Community Charter School 2 Inc., Urbahn Architects and Hollister Construction Services announced the structural frame of the new $12.5 million middle school in Jersey City is now complete.

Upon completion, the 53,000-square-foot building will serve 1,080 students for grades 6-9. It is situated on a half-acre parcel of land located at 535 Grand St.

New Jersey Community Capital and Provident Bank have provided construction financing of $12.5 million for the project.

The topping out celebration, as it is referred to in real estate industries, is an important tradition in the construction. This is when the uppermost steel or wooden beam is put into place, which means that the structure has reached the highest point. The last steel beam of the Beloved Charter Middle School’s structure was decorated with an American Flag prior to being lifted and installed.

According to Urbahn Architects’ principal Marty Stein, “The new 53,000-square foot, four-story middle school will feature an open first floor with outdoor recreational facilities for students and a parking lot. 20 full-sized classrooms, four half-classrooms, a gymnasium, a multi-purpose room, and a large cafetorium will be located on higher floors. Upon opening in the second half of 2019, the new school will welcome its first 360 students.”

“The upcoming middle school supports Jersey City’s and the Jersey City Housing Authority’s balanced development effort to create quality affordable housing and neighborhoods, in addition to the many luxury multi-family properties currently being developed in Jersey City,” said Bret Schundler, a former Jersey City Mayor and New Jersey Commissioner of Education. “The BelovED campus is located within a moderate and affordable housing section of the city and serves children from local families.”

David Hutter
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