Development—Elizabeth, New Jersey

J. Christian Bollwage E'Port Commons

J. Christian Bollwage E'Port CommonsElizabeth, New JerseyDevelopment. 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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Project Profile

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

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Project Team
Housing Authority of the City of Elizabeth
Netta Architects
Morris, Johnson & Associates
Project Status

Completion: 2011

Total Project Size / Budget
38,480 SF
$10.8 million
Total Units
31 Affordable Senior Units