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In Good Hip Hop News: Queen Latifah Is Bringing $14M Worth of New & Affordable Housing to Newark New Jersey


In Good Hip Hop News: Queen Latifah Is Bringing $14M Worth of New & Affordable Housing to Newark New Jersey

All hail the Queen!!! Latifah that is!!!

Reports are circling that Latifah, the co-president of BlueSugar Corporation, is working closely with GonSosa Development on a housing development outside of downtown Newark which will expand from the West and South of the city.

The housing project includes 20 three-family town homes and a three-story multi use building with an additional 16 units, a fitness center, and 1,900 square feet of commercial space for nonprofit rental.

60 units of the townhouses will be priced at market rate and 16 units in the building will be affordable to all!!!

A rendering of the 76-unit residential town homes coming to Springfield Avenue and South 17th Street in Newark. Queen Latifah, a Newark native, is one of the investors. (Courtesy: BlueSugar Corporation and GonSosa Development) BlueSugar Corporation and GonSosa Development)


Rents for the market rate units will start around $1,800 a month and are expected to open by December 2020. The affordable housing building is expected to be finished in December 2021; units there will be priced according to a person’s income.

Cristina Pinzon, a spokeswoman for the developers, said both companies recognize the need for affordable housing in and around Newark.

“They understand how difficult it is to make ends meet for many residents and want to be part of the solution. They remain dedicated to making life better in communities like Newark,” she said in a statement.

Latifah, who is a Newark native but raised in East Orange, has always repped her Jersey upbringing. In her commencement speech at Rutgers-Newark in May last year Latifah told the graduating class,

I couldn’t be more proud to be one of Newark’s own today, this is home. Today’s Newark is stirring again, stirring because our greatest export was never a product, it’s always been the people. People like each of you — unique, strong, creative individuals.”

From Hip Hop icon, actor, singer to activist, Queen Latifah can officially add a hard hat to her crown!!!

Both the Editor in Chief and Lead Entertainment Reporter for PhatGyrlSnoop

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  1. Brian Dennis

    March 6, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Yes! We need to see more “Good News” like this! I was born in Newark and it’s inspiring Newark’s own investing back in the community. Thanks for reporting!

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