Newark holds public hearing to show proposed plans for new hockey arena

The city of Newark held a hearing Wednesday to show their proposed plans for a new hockey arena to the public.

The first phase of the redevelopment is a $588 million plan. The centerpiece is a $310 million arena for the New Jersey Devils, concerts, and conventions. Officials say the Devils would pay $100 million and the city of Newark would be responsible for the $210 million. The plan also includes offices, restaurants and a hotel.

The new project has been an on-going debate and the hearing drew people from both sides. Those in favor of the plan say it will bring back life in Newark. Many blue collar workers at the hearing say the project will give them a lot of job opportunities.

But some business leaders say the citys money should be spent on the education at Newark schools. One resident feels the city has not spent enough time considering other ways of spending the $210 million. Critics of the plan also say only the rich will benefit from the project and not the citizens of Newark.

The city council could vote on the proposed plan next month.

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