Michaels Organization to be development partner for Trenton Housing Authority for historic neighborhood revitalization

Partnership will bring more than 500 new homes to North Trenton

Battle Monument Neighborhood in North Trenton.

The Michaels Organization on Tuesday announced it was named the development partner for a major neighborhood revitalization in North Trenton following a competitive selection process by the Trenton Housing Authority.

The Trenton Housing Authority and the city of Trenton were awarded a $1.3 million Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2019.

Since then, THA has worked with residents and a host of community stakeholders and partners to develop a master plan that will bring more than 500 newly constructed mixed-income homes to the Battle Monument Neighborhood in North Trenton. This includes new affordable living communities for residents of Donnelly Homes, an obsolete public housing community.

“We are privileged to partner with THA to bring their vision to life and implement their transformation plan for this important and historic neighborhood,” said Michaels Vice President Nicholas Cangelosi, who is serving as the lead developer.

Michaels’ experience with the HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Program — a comprehensive, holistic transformation approach — includes CNI-funded developments in Camden, Jersey City and Atlantic City; Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Los Angeles.

In addition to CNI grant funding, Michaels and THA will apply for federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits and numerous soft funding sources to finance the revitalization.

The multiphased transformation vision includes plans for townhomes and apartment flats for families, amenity-rich housing specifically designed for seniors and affordable homeownership opportunities.

In addition to developing high-quality affordable and mixed-income housing, Michaels and THA’s partnership will focus on bringing new supportive services to residents as well as job opportunities for local residents and businesses.

“The Battle Monument Neighborhood contains all the ingredients of a thriving neighborhood, including compact walkable blocks, functional commercial corridors, easy access to jobs, parks, schools and churches,” Mayor Reed Gusciora said. “We are proud to move forward with this investment in the neighborhood, while ensuring that affordable housing remains a top priority.”

The new housing is being designed by Urban Practice. Better Tomorrows will provide resident supportive services. Michaels Construction will serve as general contractor, and Michaels Management and the Trenton Housing Authority will partner to provide property management, ensuring that the new housing communities remain assets to the neighborhood for years to come.