Gloria Robinson Court Homes Jersey City, New Jersey

Gloria Robinson Court Homes is a part of the A. Harry Moore HOPE VI Revitalization Plan, a vision adopted in 2005 by the Jersey City Housing Authority in an effort to redevelop obsolete and deteriorating public housing. The project is the direct result of an intensive community planning process conducted over four years by K&A aimed at replacing an out-dated, seven-tower public housing complex built in the 1950s with a new mixed-income, residential community that is both socially, physically and economically integrated with the adjacent neighborhoods and the larger community beyond.

After a series of comprehensive public planning meetings involving all the stakeholders of the community, a Master Development Plan was formulated for the site, and the first two phases of what would become a multi-phase initiative would commence. By 2010, through the end of Phases I and II of the plan, 144 total units of mixed-income rentals have been completed and occupied, an 8,000 square foot Community Center was completed, which houses a 2,000 square foot community room, a 1,200 square foot multi-purpose room, a 12-workstation accessible Neighborhood Networks Center, a resident council board room, as well as offices for management and supportive services.

Funded in part by a HOPE VI Revitalization grant from the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development, the Gloria Robinson Court Homes project represents the successful collaboration between owner, developer, local residents and design team. It reflects a common vision and shared desire to take a previously deteriorated site and neighborhood and create a vibrant and safe living environment, that is affordable, sustainable, and designed with an aesthetic that respects and fully complements the local architectural vernacular—all key aspects in establishing a foundation upon which a new and successful community can take hold and flourish.

The project achieved an ENERGY STAR® Home Certification through New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™ and is LEED Silver Certified by the United States Green Building Council.

Honors & Awards
Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award, Public Housing Redevelopment
New Jersey Future Smart Growth Award

Photo Credits
©Don Pearse Photographers

Smart Growth Awards WinnerNJ Energy Star HomesLEED Silver Certification