The Redevelopment Agency at its meeting earlier this month conditionally designated the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation (AFHDC) as redeveloper of the former Elizabethtown Gas building on Central Avenue (Block 167, Lot 1), where it has proposed 60 units of affordable housing for artists.
The AFHDC, a subsidiary of The Actors Fund that aims to develop affordable, supportive and senior housing for the performing arts community, and Newark-based Crawford Street Partners presented a concept plan to the Redevelopment Agency at its April 4 meeting.
The proposal calls for a total of 62,000 square feet, in addition to 15,000 square feet of parking, roughly 60 spaces. Of the 60 apartments, 40 would be one-bedroom, 14 would be two-bedroom, and six would be three-bedroom. The existing two-story, 6,500-square-foot building would be incorporated into activity space while a four-story housing structure would house the 60 units.
Developers have said that the concept plan is still just that and are working toward a final design. The roughly 1-acre site generated a property tax bill of more than $30,000 last year based on its assessment of $496,400. The property is currently owned by AGL Resources, the parent company of Elizabethtown Gas.