Shaquille O’Neal to open luxury high-rise in New Jersey

April 12, 2018

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, left, watches as Newark-native Shaquille O'Neal speaks during an event in Newark, N.J., Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Politicians and other guests were participating in a symbolic "topping-off" ceremony for a 23-story building in downtown Newark. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is opening a high-rise apartment complex in New Jersey’s largest city.

O’Neal was joined by city and state officials on Tuesday in Newark for a news conference to discuss the project.

The Newark native partnered with New Brunswick-based Boraie Development and Goldman Sachs to build the $79 million complex.

The 22-story tower will house 168 units. It sits near the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

O’Neal says he wants to invest in things that make a difference in the city.

O’Neal and Boraie Development also have a $150 million apartment complex in Newark in the works.

The high-rise is scheduled to open by the end of the year.

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