Jonathan Rose Companies
 
J. Christian Bollwage E'Port Commons
Elizabeth, New Jersey

Jonathan Rose Companies served as the program manager and development consultant for the completion of a 31 unit senior building that integrates affordable housing with supportive services provided by the Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth. The units are age and income-restricted to seniors starting at 55 years of age with household incomes that meet the NJ HMFA Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program requirements, at or below 50% of the area median income. A total of 12 units are subsidized with an Annual Contribution Contract (ACC) provided by the Department of Housing and Urban
Development.

The J. Christian Bollwage E’Port Commons development is a vital project in the implementation of the multi-phased redevelopment plan for the Elizabethport neighborhood. It is located on a strategic corner parcel, along a commercial corridor, adjacent to various new residential developments and community services. The structure is 4-stories, with three floors of residential apartments. The street level uses include: offices, program space for residents, and commercial space that is occupied by the Elizabeth Development Company. Twenty-two onsite parking spaces are included to meet the neighborhood commercial corridor zoning requirements.

The building design is consistent with ENERGY STAR and the NJ HMFA Green Future Program – a comprehensive affordable green building, and energy efficiency program for projects funded in coordination with NJ DCA; HMFA. The objectives in the design, construction, and operation of the building included (1) to increase affordability in housing by reducing building and household / operating costs through the use of ENERGY STAR methods; (2) to improve the light and air quality and comfort in residential environments using green design strategies; and (3) to increase the livability of the built environment using universal design techniques. J. Christian Bollwage E’Port Commons is currently pursuing a LEED for Homes Gold Certification.

 

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Firm Role
Program Manager and Development Consultant
 

Project Profile
New Construction of 31 Affordable Senior Units and ground floor office space.
 

Project Team
Owner/Developer: Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth

Architect: Netta Architects

MEP: Morris, Johnson & Associates


Total Project Size / Budget
38,480 square feet / $10.8 million

Financing Sources

NJ HMFA Low Income Housing Tax Credits

NJ HMFA Home Express

Replacement Housing Factor (RHF) Funds

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)

City of Elizabeth HOME Funds

Neighborhood Stabilization Program

HUD Capital Fund Recovery Competition