The national Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) recognized Weinberg Commons with an Innovator Award this fall for its, “unique approach that balances the competing demands of independence and community belonging, integrated project settings, and scale for development.” This is the second major award for the project, which won the Supportive Housing Association of New Jersey’s Project of the Year in 2020.
The team created a new, hybrid housing typology for Weinberg Commons, blending the best of the supportive apartment housing model with the strengths of the freestanding group home model to create eight “cottages” (32 units) built into the ground floor of two 80-unit apartment buildings. The cottages combine four, independent 1BR apartments with additional common living space, and front and rear porches, enabling residents to develop a strong sense of community and interaction with each other as well as the seniors who reside on the upper floors. Each cottage is staffed separately according to the residents’ needs and gives individuals a unique living environment that allows them to be as social, or as private, as they like on a given day.
K&A worked with the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey and Pennrose Properties to develop a 15-acre site located on Springdale Road in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The Commons consist of two three-story, 80-unit apartment buildings that were built in two distinct phases over a four year period. The new community offers a total of 128 units of independent, affordable living for local area seniors, as well as 32 units dedicated specifically to adults with special needs.
Congratulations to The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, Pennrose Properties, Ingerman Construction Co., NJ Housing Mortgage Finance Agency, PennReach, JFed, and the entire project team on a job well done!
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