There are two things that people will remember about 2013 (at least according to traffic on this site): the hotel closing and the mayor resigning. If you look at the Google Analytics for 2013, the graph has a steady pace until September when it shoots up like a rocket and then comes back to Earth. Of course, there were other things that occurred in 2013, like construction under way on the 116-unit Metro Rahway and pending completion of another project, the 108-unit Meridia Water’s Edge.
A senior housing development on part of St. Mary’s Church property has reached its apex about eight months after breaking ground.
The senior housing development under construction along Esterbrook Avenue has reached new heights in recent weeks, going to up to its third story.
Four months after breaking ground, construction on a senior housing facility is starting to take shape on Esterbook Avenue.
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.
The Zoning Board of Adjustment is expected to take up an application for a 51-unit senior housing development at its meeting Monday night. The four-story structure would be built on the St. Mary’s Church (now Divine Mercy Parish) complex, where the former convent building on Esterbrook Avenue was razed last year.
After three hours of testimony, questions from board members, and some public comment at its Jan. 28 meeting, the Zoning Board instructed the applicant, Domus Corporation, to come back with more feasible parking options. Domus is the development arm for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, building similar affordable senior housing in other New Jersey towns, with funding from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), including rent subsidies.
At issue is whether the project will provide enough parking. The current plan eliminates eight of the 86 existing spaces from St. Mary’s parking lot while adding 27 specifically designated for senior housing, leaving a total 105 spaces. The applicant seeks several variances in addition to preliminary and final site plan approval.
A good read from NJ Monthly about two brothers who have helped to redevelop Jersey City over the past 30 years, and in particular their current project, a former hospital in the Hamilton Park neighborhood.