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Affordable housing in historic buildings: an adventure!

July 2, 2009

P1020089PNJ Executive Director Ron Emrich & consultant Donna Ann Harris (Heritage Consulting, Inc.) enjoyed a most excellent adventure yesterday, touring a dozen towns in South and Central New Jersey to check out the first set of affordable housing projects that adapted historic, or at least older, buildings.  This as part of the PNJ effort, in cooperation with COAH and funded by DCA, to develop numerous case studies of such affordable housing development projects.

We saw some projects that didn’t respect the integrity of the historic structure being redeveloped (i.e. disasters!), but we were pleased to discover some great adaptive uses that prove that communities need not regard historic properties as an impediment to providing decent an affordable housing but instead should look at them as opportunities.  Imagine: housing AND landmarks!

P1020095Look in the coming months for PNJ’s report.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ricki Sablove permalink
    July 2, 2009 7:41 pm

    Very exciting! Anything in Camden?

  2. July 2, 2009 10:17 pm

    Fairview in Camden. Great work in Yorkship Square and nearby.

  3. Ricki Sablove permalink
    July 2, 2009 10:28 pm

    Wonderful. Thank you. I grew up in East Camden, which was really a great place. New urbanism avant la lettre. It was a 1920s vintage neighborhood, nicely planned, with front gardens, and sidewalks, something my current suburban development does not have.

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