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A pivotal and strategic real estate investment.
The former F. Berg Hat Factory is being converted to 32 living lofts (Hat City Lofts) and 5,400 sq. ft. of commercial space for artists and arts-related businesses and programs.Development of this iconic building serves an especially catalytic purpose as it signals to key stakeholders and investors that Orange's revitalization is indeed underway.
Dan Fenelon's mural "Celebration of the Arts" on the side of the Community Police Center in West Orange, N.J. renovated by Hands Inc. .
Natalie Dominique, owner of Pink Cupcakes in West Orange, N.J., poses in her store with some fans, Tuesday morning, July 29, 2104. Her store is located in a building that was renovated by Hands Inc.
Richard Bryant, ValleyArts Executive Director and Bruce Arbit, Founder and President, Melarbit Partners at a new exhibition, Transformed: Looking at the Age of Edison Through the Witness Trees of Glenmont.
Bruce Arbit, Melarbit founder and president at the opening of a new exhibit at the ValleyArts Firehouse Gallery in the Valley Arts District in Orange, NJ.
The meaning and impact of Edison's inventions on American life are the subject of a rare exhibition of student artworks made from trees downed by Hurricane Sandy at Glenmont, the estate of Thomas and Mina Edison. This is a joint program of Rhode Island School of Design, Thomas Edison National Historical Park, and ValleyArts, organized by Richard Bryant.
Melarbit founder and president with HANDS founder and executive director, Patrick Morrissy in front of HANDS home office in Orange, NJ.
This revitalized space includes a suite of offices; residential apartments; a commercial storefront. It was one of several properties refinanced through the Neighborhood Anchors Fund (NAF-1) in order to maintain its long-term affordability.
Bruce Arbit and Patrick Morrissy reviewing plans for a new, upcoming project.
Bruce Arbit, Robin Gordon (HANDS, Director of Adminstration) and Jessica Mathelier, in HANDS offices.
Music at Hat City Kitchen restaurant, in the Valley Arts District of Orange, NJ.
This award winning restuarant was established by HANDS to attract people to Orange. It is one of several properties that will be refinanced through the Neighborhood Anchors Fund-2, in the Spring of 2015. Refinancing allows HANDS to ensure the properties long-term affordability, in order to minimize displacements, as the neighborhood continues to improve, an essential part of their community revitalization strategy.