Ordinance to enable city-owned land to be leased to non-profits for cultural programs

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The city of Newark passed a Municipal Ordinance that will enable Newark to lease city-owned property to nonprofit organizations to use for arts, culture, and educational programs, at a token $1-per-year rent. The tenant organizations are barred from using these lands for any commercial, political, partisan, or sectarian purpose.

“Newark has a long history as a center of the arts and culture and non-profits that serve an essential role to our community,” said Mayor Baraka.  We can now begin to turn blight into light, and turn these properties into cultural centers that will both write new chapters in our artistic history and energize our present and future neighborhoods and generations of artists.”

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