Photos Courtesy of North Bergen Housing Authority

The Township of North Bergen has added to its affordable housing stock with Monday’s grand opening of the North Bergen Housing Authority’s Meadow Hill Apartments.  Mayor Nick Sacco, members of the Board of Commissioners and Housing Authority officials  conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Columbia Avenue site.  The new affordable apartment building is for residents who are 55 years of age and older on a limited income.

During the ceremony, Mayor Sacco stated, “This new building is a testament to our commitment to providing quality housing for our senior residents, and is a reflection of our dedication to creating a vibrant and inclusive community for all.  This is the result of three years of hard work and collaboration, and we are proud to offer another safe and comfortable living space for our older residents who deserve the best.”

The four story complex is located at 6725 Columbia Avenue.  Ut has western views overlooking the Meadowlands, MetLife Stadium, and the American Dream mall.   The building was designed by Lothrop Associates Architects and built by the Alpert Group.

There are 61 one-bedroom apartments, a large parking lot, a variety of amenities, and a doctor’s office, which is still under construction.

The Alpert Group President, Joseph Alpert, beaming with pride at the event, stated, “We are honored to have had the opportunity to design a space that not only meets the housing needs of our senior residents but also contributes to the overall well-being of the community. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Township of North Bergen for entrusting us with this project.”

Residents of the building will benefit from Section 8 vouchers, which are provided by the United Stated Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the NBHA.

With a total cost of $22 million, the project was made possible through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program, which provides investors with the opportunity to contribute to affordable housing in exchange for Federal and State tax credits, and a $2 million contribution from Hudson County in HOME funds, facilitated by former Hudson County Commissioner and current Township Commissioner Anthony Vainieri.

“The completion of this project would not have been possible without the support of Mayor Sacco, Commissioner Vainieri, and the Township,” said Gerald Sanzari, Executive Director of the NBHA. “The building is already at full occupancy which illustrates the urgent need for accessible and affordable housing. The North Bergen Housing Authority remains committed to addressing this urgent need and will continue to explore all opportunities to add more smart, sensible developments in the area.”