8-story, adapted LEED apt building is "symbol of Newark's greatness", praised by Mayor Booker

Some too-infrequent midrise love, from Star-Ledger writer David Giambusso: "After years of wrangling, Newark’s Richardson Lofts finally opened Thursday.  'I really want everybody to know how difficult this project was,' Mayor Cory Booker said at Thursday’s ribbon-cutting. 'It had to be resuscitated a few times.'

"The 67-unit apartment building, begun in 2008, retrofit a 1904 jewelry factory into what is billed to become a Platinum LEED certified structure.  RPM Development delivered 34 market rate apartments and 33 affordable units in the heart of Newark’s downtown.

"'In the 20th century buildings such as this were a symbol of Newark’s greatness,' said Adam Zipkin, Newark’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development. 'Now in 2012 the building again becomes a symbol of Newark’s greatness.'"  Full article here.