Affordable housing in historic buildings: an adventure!
PNJ 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!
Look in the coming months for PNJ’s report.
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