NJEDA approves $20M in tax credits for senior residential developments through Aspire program

Awards will support affordable senior housing in Essex & Gloucester counties

Two additional senior residential development projects were approved recently for Aspire awards by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority board. These latest approvals mean a total of four senior residential developments, all 100% affordable, have been approved for Aspire awards.

To date, the board has approved a total of $294 million in Aspire awards for residential projects, leading to the creation and preservation of over 1,500 housing units, nearly 70% of which will be affordable.

The latest two projects, one located in Newark, and the other in Washington Township, will include 164 housing units for seniors, all of which will be affordable.

Both projects are also benefiting from financing provided by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.

“The Aspire program continues to support affordable residential development for seniors and hardworking families across New Jersey,” NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan said. “Today’s approvals are fulfilling Gov. Phil Murphy’s goal to ensure New Jersey’s seniors have access to safe and affordable housing options. Through the Aspire program, the NJEDA will continue investing in communities, supporting families and seniors, and creating a stronger, fairer New Jersey.”

Aspire is a place-based economic development program created under the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 to support mixed-use, transit-oriented development with tax credits to commercial and residential real estate development projects that have financing gaps.

All residential Aspire projects must include at least 20% affordable housing. As a performance-based program, projects must certify that all commitments established at time of approval have been met before receiving their first disbursement of tax credits.

The development project in Newark, known as Forest Hill House, consists of the acquisition and rehabilitation of an existing senior apartment building and was approved for over $8.18 million in Aspire tax credits. The 10-story building, located at 505 Mt. Prospect Ave., consists of 100 housing units, including studios and one-bedroom units, as well as multiple common spaces and 25 parking spaces.

Forest Hill House has served as a senior residential building since it was built in 1977. The lead developer, Tredway Group LLC, will oversee a large-scale overhaul of the building, including heating system, roof and window replacements and security system, kitchen and bathroom upgrades. The rehabilitation will also include a transition to energy-efficient lighting and appliances and upgrades to make the building more accessible for handicapped residents.

A new affordable senior housing development project in Washington Township, Gloucester County, was approved for over $12 million in Aspire tax credits. The new construction, is a three-story building, which will be built on a vacant lot at 4500 Black Horse Pike. It will offer 64 one- and two-bedroom units. The building will also offer a community room with a kitchen, a fitness room and a laundry room, as well as 99 parking spaces for residents. Ingerman Development Co. LLC is the lead developer for the project.

In line with Murphy and the NJEDA’s commitment to fiscal responsibility and transparency, the Aspire program rules include provisions, such as a gap financing review and excess revenue sharing requirements, to ensure tax credits are awarded responsibly.