A groundbreaking ceremony will take place Wednesday morning for a senior housing facility on the Divine Mercy Parish (formerly St. Mary's) church property. The four-story, 51-unit facility will be built along Esterbrook Avenue, near Central Avenue, where the former St. Mary's convent once stood. Construction should begin shortly after groundbreaking and is expected to take at least a year.
The convent building was razed about two years ago, and about this time last year, the Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the application. It first was proposed to the City Council in late 2007.
The Jack and Margaret Myers Senior Residence is a Section 202 project for very low-income elderly, with financing from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Union County Department of Parks and Community Renewal, among others. Domus Corporation is the development arm of the Archdiocese of Newark, which will provide a 40-year Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) to the city.
The 44,456-square-foot facility is expected to cost $8.9 million and include green building features, such as energy-efficient, fiberglass windows, Energy Star-rated appliance and lighting, high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment, and low-flow water fixtures.