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Habitat for Humanity finds shelter with Newark’s Berger Organization

A well-known Newark building owner has given refuge to the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, following a fire that decimated the organization’s headquarters last month.

The Berger Organization, which is based in the city, has given six months of free rent and a temporary home to the nonprofit at its Military Park Building, according to a press release. Habitat for Humanity Newark will occupy 1,300 square feet on the 10th floor of the office tower, located at 60 Park Place.

The chapter’s previous headquarters on Van Buren Street was damaged Feb. 25, when a fire ripped through the space, the news release said. The following day, officials from Habitat contacted Christian Benedetto of the brokerage firm Hopkins, Sampson & Brown Real Estate Advisory Services, who connected the group with Brendan Berger of the Berger Organization.

Habitat Newark will now have six months to find a new permanent location in the Brick City, the news release said. The temporary space is being prepared by staff and volunteers, though the organization needs to purchase new office furniture and computers while trying to salvage the contents of its prior headquarters.

Berger, a vice president with the developer, said he “felt it was the least we can do to help them out during this difficult transition period and provide them with the quality office space they need to help rebound from this devastating fire.” 

A spokesman for Habitat said the fire was deemed to be accidental in nature.