Project Address: 119 & 121 Main Street, Succasunna
Build plan: to be completed 2020
- 12 condominiums (two 6-plex buildings)
- New construction
- 2 bedrooms in 8 condos; 3 bedrooms in 4 condos
The twelve families were selected in August and November 2018 and in March 2019.
Nicole and Daniel Pope have 3 daughters under the age of 3. Daniel, a veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps, works as a technician fixing office equipment. Nicole was a teacher, but she is now staying at home to raise their 3 young girls.
Laris Mojica-Mateo works as a transition specialist advisor for Fairleigh Dickinson University. She lives with her mother and her son, who is a full time student at FDU.
Hashem Ibrahim and Hend Elshmay have 1 son and 1 daughter who are 14-year-old twins. Hashem is a shift leader for Dunkin’ Donuts and an Uber driver.
Heather Seelinger works as a secretary in a high school. Her 19-year-old son is a student and a volunteer football coach.
Mariell Guridy Baez works as an assembler for electrical components. Her 18-year-old daughter is a full-time student.
Farina Salim‐Jones lives with her 14-year-old daughter. She works in a hospital film library.
Claribel Medina has a 19-year-old son. She is a department manager at a retail store.
Erika Gonzalez has a 1-year-old son. She is a sort manager for a package shipping company.
Madelyn Porte is a front end customer service representative at a hospital and is expecting her first child.
Mahmoud and Noura Abdelghafar have a 2-year-old son. Mahmoud is an emergency room technician for one hospital and a diagnostic technician at another hospital.
Jonathan and Guia De La Torre have a 3-year-old son. Jonathan is an optical technician for a manufacturing company.
Jayson Loaiza and Claudia Davila have a 2-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter. Jayson is an auto glass technician. Claudia works as a quality tester at an optical equipment company.
The homes will be sold to very low, low and moderate income eligible applicants. Affordable 30-year fixed-rate mortgages will be provided by Morris Habitat. The homes will have a 30-year deed restriction that allows modest equity upon resale, but mandates that they be sold at an affordable price to other income-eligible families. Prospective homeowners will contribute a minimum of 300 hours of sweat equity.
The two new 6-plexes with eight 2-bedroom and four 3-bedroom homes will be built on the former Roxbury Township Department of Public Works site located at 119 & 121 Main Street in the Succasunna section of Roxbury Township. The first-floor homes will be accessible and handicapped-adaptable. All twelve homes will be ENERGY STAR certified for energy efficiency. Green or reusable building materials will be used whenever feasible.
The building design for these two 6-plexes won the 2013 Award of Excellence from Community Builders & Remodelers Association of NJ for Best Affordable Mt. Laurel Home when it was first designed and constructed on Morris Avenue in Summit, NJ.
Roxbury Township donated the property and committed $900,000 from its Affordable Housing Trust Fund to offset environmental cleanup costs and construction-related expenses for the project. GAF, Lakeland Bank and New Jersey Natural Gas provided the first house sponsorships of $75,000 each. Additional funding includes a governmental grant from the Self-help Homeownership Opportunity Program (SHOP) and sponsorships from Richmond County Savings Bank, Investors Bank, Conti Enterprises and DiPaolo Foundation.
Pro bono professional services have been contributed by attorney Sean Monaghan, Esq.; attorney James P. Mullen, Esq.; architect Seth Leeb Architect, AIA; Stewart Surveying & Engineering, LLC; professional planning and traffic engineering consultant Eric Keller, PE, PP, of Bowman Consulting; real estate appraiser David T. Bossart of Property Research Associates; environmental consultant Eikon Planning and Design, LLC; and landscape designer Elizabeth Johnson of Gardens by Elizabeth. Alliance Property Management will be providing condo management services.
Site work started after the groundbreaking ceremony in October 2018. The foundations and a recycling building in the back of the property went in over the winter. Wall panels were assembled at the Hammer for Heroes event in May 2019. Framing and roofing of 119 Main Street were started in the spring. One 6-plex is planned to be completed in 2019 and the other in 2020.
Groundbreaking ceremony covered by Fios1 News on October 24, 2018
Prospective homeowners Daniel Pope and Laris Mojica-Mateo are interviewed. Morris Habitat CEO Blair Schleicher Bravo explains the project.
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