MIDDLE TOWNSHIP — A project to build 10 houses for families with a disabled member in the household in Cape May Court House and a plan to build an affordable housing apartment building in Atlantic City are among the projects to receive Sandy recovery money.
The Department of Community Affairs announced that the projects, along with projects in Fair Lawn, Bergen County, and Newark will receive a total of $3 million in low-interest loans to pay for pre-development costs.
Combined, the projects will create 433 affordable housing units.
New Jersey plans to spend $10 million out of its $1.8 billion allotment of Community Development Block Grant money to help with pre-development costs, such as plans, studies and other fees, to help nonprofit developers increase the amount of affordable housing units, said DCA Commissioner Richard Constable.
The project in Middle Township is unique because it includes building 10 single-family rental houses, each on one-acre lots, said Leslie Anderson, executive director of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority. The houses, which will be built by United Cerebral Palsy of Northern, Central and Southern New Jersey, will be for low-income families where one or more members have special needs.
The project in Atlantic City involves redeveloping three rowhomes in the 3800 block of Atlantic Avenue into a 58-unit apartment building for low- to moderate-income seniors, according to a resolution filed with the state by nonprofit group Homes Now, Inc. The nonprofit received a $500,000 low-interest loan to pay for pre-development costs.
Anderson said nonprofit developers, who are the primary builders for affordable housing units and housing for those with special needs, frequently struggle to come up with the costs related to pre-construction design, engineering and legal fees.
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