Veterans advocates, state and local officials celebrated the opening of One Thompson Avenue yesterday in Dover, N.J, at a ribbon-cutting hosted by project developer Pennrose, LLC. The much-anticipated new construction adds 70 units of affordable housing to Dover, as well as supportive services for veterans and their families.
“This grand opening marks the beginning of a new chapter where high-quality affordable housing is available within the borders of Dover,” said Mayor Carolyn Blackman.
Kitchen & Associates provided planning and architectural services for the project, which transformed an underutilized parking lot into a 70-unit apartment community close to transit into New York City and a short, one-block walk to the restaurants, shops, and cultural institutions of downtown Dover. The projects is part of the Dover’s master redevelopment plan, and was financed through a combination of low-income-housing tax credit equity — through an allocation from NJHMFA, Morris County HOME funds and permanent debt.
“Kitchen & Associates, developed the plans over the course of several months, [and] helped us to receive an award of tax credits with their design, said Lindsey Samsi of Pennrose. They “designed a building that complements the town of Dover’s downtown historic district, tweaked and improved throughout construction, and eventually signed off at the end, ensuring that we met all code requirements and that our residents will be safe.”
Residents at One Thompson Avenue can select one-, two-, or three-bedroom apartments featuring central air, modern kitchens, large closets, and a contemporary design. Adapted units are also available for those with physical disabilities and hearing / visual loss. Veteran and supportive services are available on-site, as are extensive amenities, including parking, laundry, a fitness center, and lounge. Application preference on 35 of the 70 units will go to veterans, and five units are set aside for individuals who previously experienced homelessness. All apartments are available for households at or below 60% of the area median income (AMI).
“I get frustrated from time to time with the state of New Jersey in that a lot of times we do token things for veterans that don’t move the needle,” said veteran and NJ Assemblyman Brian Bergen during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This is an example of something that moves the needle. … This is the type of thing that really truly makes a difference in people’s lives.”