Highlights

Project Info

Project TypeNew Construction
Total Units140
CompletedApril 2012
Recognition

Award Winner

  • New Jersey Governor’s Excellence in Housing Award, Leading Housing Revitalization (Rental)

Dr. Walter G. Alexander Village I

The City of Orange NJ

Walter G. Alexander Court was an obsolete high-rise Public Housing Authority community located in the northern New Jersey City of Orange Township. Built in 1952, the two seven-story apartment buildings of the project—containing 140 units of low-income, affordable housing. Throughout the resident population, the buildings were notorious for rampant crime, violence and drugs, and considered one of the most dangerous areas within the local community. Fed up with unrelenting crime and vandalism, the Orange Housing Authority, along with a number of motivated public stakeholders and private partners, developed a revitalization plan to replace the two aging buildings with a new, lower density, affordable housing community, offering multi-family, workforce and senior housing opportunities.

The site, now known as Dr. Walter G. Alexander Village, is located in what is known as the Transit Village District East district of the City of Orange Township, as delineated in the just recently adopted Central Orange Redevelopment Plan. The surrounding neighborhoods consist predominantly of single-family homes with a sprinkling of small-scale commercial properties, businesses, civic organizations, places of worship, and a school—the Oakwood Avenue Elementary School. Due to its proximity to the Central Avenue Commercial Corridor district, as well as a variety of transit options—including the Orange Transit Station and Brick Church Station in neighboring East Orange—it is anticipated that this area will serve as a cornerstone to the long-term revitalization efforts of the city.

Dr. Walter G. Alexander Village I

The City of Orange NJ

Walter G. Alexander Court was an obsolete high-rise Public Housing Authority community located in the northern New Jersey City of Orange Township. Built in 1952, the two seven-story apartment buildings of the project—containing 140 units of low-income, affordable housing. Throughout the resident population, the buildings were notorious for rampant crime, violence and drugs, and considered one of the most dangerous areas within the local community. Fed up with unrelenting crime and vandalism, the Orange Housing Authority, along with a number of motivated public stakeholders and private partners, developed a revitalization plan to replace the two aging buildings with a new, lower density, affordable housing community, offering multi-family, workforce and senior housing opportunities.

The site, now known as Dr. Walter G. Alexander Village, is located in what is known as the Transit Village District East district of the City of Orange Township, as delineated in the just recently adopted Central Orange Redevelopment Plan. The surrounding neighborhoods consist predominantly of single-family homes with a sprinkling of small-scale commercial properties, businesses, civic organizations, places of worship, and a school—the Oakwood Avenue Elementary School. Due to its proximity to the Central Avenue Commercial Corridor district, as well as a variety of transit options—including the Orange Transit Station and Brick Church Station in neighboring East Orange—it is anticipated that this area will serve as a cornerstone to the long-term revitalization efforts of the city.


Dr. Walter G. Alexander Village was the recipient of a New Jersey Governor’s Excellence in Housing & Economic Development Award for Leading Housing Revitalization (Rental)

In Context

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