Saddle Brook Senior Ribbon Cutting
The Housing Development Corporation of Bergen County (HDC), the non-profit real estate development arm of the Housing Authority of Bergen County has completed the construction of a two-story senior citizen low-rise apartment building in Saddle Brook, NJ. The project was made possible through the generous funding of SB One Bank as well as Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, the Township of Saddle Brook, the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) and the HDC.
“Partners like SB One Bank and funding opportunities made possible by NJHMFA and FHLBNY make it possible for HABC and HDC to fulfill mission, creating vital affordable housing opportunities in Bergen County,” said Lynn Bartlett, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Bergen County & Housing Development Corporation of Bergen County. “The demand for affordable housing is extremely high and has always exceeded supply. In fact, the waiting list for these 30 units was full and closed within an hour of opening up the application process. I know I speak on behalf of the HABC Board of Commissioners and HDC Trustees when I say that we are happy to bring viable senior housing to Saddle Brook, and we look forward to making similar housing options available throughout the County.”
The property owned by the Township of Saddle Brook is leased to the HDC under a long-term lease provision. RSC Architects of Hackensack designed the 2-story building complex. Del-Sano Contracting of Union NJ and Simplex Homes of Scranton PA constructed the building which features 30 one-bedroom prefabricated modular apartments for senior citizens with incomes of less than 50% of Area Median Income. Matina and Son of Hackensack completed all of the project site work. The building contains a common area space that includes a furnished community room, laundry facilities, office space for management, and a tenant service coordinator. The entire building is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) adaptable. Each apartment has a complete kitchen with Energy Star appliances. Of the 30 apartments, 6 have been set aside for households experiencing homelessness or are precariously housed.
“This project was a long time in the making. I’m so proud to have been a part of it. The apartments are beautiful, and I am very happy for all the people who will be able to live in them and enjoy a better quality of life,”
said Councilwoman Karen D’Arminio
John T. Celio LLC of Rutherford NJ is the project’s interior designer who assisted the HDC in furnishing the common areas, lobby, community room, and office space.
Applications for the apartments were accepted after public advertisement and several listening sessions were held at the Saddle Brook Senior Center to inform interested members of the community about the application and leasing process. Catholic Charities will provide supportive services to resident households including onsite case management, connections with community organizations for health care and other services as needed.
Mayor Robert White explained, “It is with great enthusiasm and pride that Saddle Brook opens the doors to the newly constructed senior housing building. We welcome all the residents that will now call the building their new home. It took a bit longer than expected, but it was well worth the wait. We now have a beautiful, well-constructed building with 30 affordable apartments conveniently located on Caldwell Avenue across from our Township Senior Center. Partnering with Bergen County Housing and Development to get the job done proved to be our best option. They were always professional, dependable and courteous in managing the project to a successful conclusion.”
The building will be managed by the Housing Authority of Bergen County and occupancy is expected to take place early October.Saddle Brook Senior Ribbon Cutting