Walter G. Alexander III is the third phase of a multi-phase transit oriented redevelopment plan where low/moderate income households can live and work. The community, located between Parrow Street, Central Place, Wilson Place and Oakwood Avenue, is located in a ‘ready to grow’ metropolitan area and is part of the City of Orange Central Redevelopment Plan. The neighborhood has easy access to both Highland Avenue and Brick Church transit stations; in addition, local bus routes provide service throughout the metropolitan area. Phase III includes forty-two (42) affordable family units housed in a four-story mid-rise building (Wilson Place) as well as an additional sixteen (16) units housed in a three-story (Parrow Street) family towns-over-flats building located on a separate lot.
Two (2) units are fit out to be accessible ‘Type A’ (per the NJ Barrier Free Code) units for those with mobility impairments. One (1) is a one-bedroom unit and the other is a three-bedroom flat. The other first floor stacked flat and the remaining units in the four-story portion are designed to be handicap adaptable ‘Type A’ units. In addition, two (2) of the total dwelling units are fit out to be accessible for those with hearing and visual impairments (H&VI units).
The building is designed to compliment the visual character of the surrounding neighborhood and is compatible with the adjacent Phase I and Phase II buildings. In addition, the building is designed to be NJ Energy Star V3 certified and comply with NJ Green Futures. Energy saving measures and sustainable features are incorporated into the design to afford lower operating and utility costs for residents, as well as to foster a healthy living environment. The project incorporates green design features such as Energy Star labeled appliances, high performance windows, building envelope air sealing, high efficiency lighting and HVAC systems, water conserving plumbing fixtures, durable and healthy flooring, low-VOC paints, primers and sealants.