HOLMDEL – Facing pressure to fulfill state-mandated affordable housing obligations, Holmdel Township last week identified three locations for 280 new residential units incorporating low and middle income rental units. All are located in the northern section of town where public sewer service is available.
The Township Committee is now moving forward with local legislation to rezone the parcels for affordable housing to avoid losing control with “builder’s remedy” lawsuits. The agreements were struck with the developers, Fair Share Housing Center of Cherry Hill and recently approved by Superior Court of New Jersey. Two of the projects are on the Hazlet border, and other is on Middletown’s border.
The three new projects in Holmdel will be:
- ROUTE 35
A commercial/residential development at 2147 Route 35, Holmdel. The 12-acre parcel (Block 59, Lots 6 and 7) is located behind the Kohl’s Shopping Center, near the Hazlet border with Veterans Park, with an entrance on Route 35 (the location of TZ Greens). The developer, Paradigm, anticipates construction of 170 residential units, of which 31 units will be reserved for low and moderate income households. The affordable units will be rentals, the rest will be “market-rate” for sale units. There is also a plan for a two story, 40,000 square foot retail/office building closer to Route 35. Paradigm’s representative is Johnny Makhoul, M.D., a cardiologist associated with the vacant Heart Center building at 2958 Route 35 South.
- MIDDLE ROAD
A 50-unit “all affordable” family housing community on 3.8 acres at at the intersection of South Laurel Avenue and Middle Road (Block 57, Lot 2). The property will be acquired by eminent domain by the township. It will be owned and operated by the Walters Group, which has prior experience with such projects, and be called Holmdel Family Apartments, LLC of Haddonfield. The affordability controls will stay in place for 45 years.
- PALMER AVENUE
A 60-unit development with 12 family rental units on Palmer Avenue, near Target (Block 52, Lots 17 & 18) and across from Clubhouse Drive. This project will replace a prior plan for a proposed affordable housing on North Beers Street, across from Bayshore Hospital.
At its December 10 meeting, the township passed a resolutions and adopted ordinances to support the settlement agreements. To read the Dec. 10 legislation, follow links to items 10 and 11 on this agenda document. You can view the Dec. 3 planning board and Dec. 10 township committee meetings via YouTube, courtesy of Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU). The Planning Board meeting includes the most details.
Although the affordable housing plan concept was approved by the Planning Board, the developers will appear again before the board to formally present their individual plans and there will be public hearings.