Project Address: 119 & 121 Main Street, Succasunna
Build plan: #107-112 – 6 condos completed in 2019; 6 condos to be completed in 2020 – Veterans Build – Women Build
- 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 and June 2019.
Six families moved into the 119 Main Street building during December 2019.
Julio Damelines and Adriana Obregon have 3 daughters ages 21, 11 and 9. Julio works as a truck driver for a concrete company and Adriana works part-time in maintenance.
Jonathan and Guia De La Torre have a 3-year-old son. Jonathan is an optical technician for a manufacturing company.
Mariell Guridy Baez works as an assembler for electrical components. Her 18-year-old daughter is a full-time student.
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.
Farina Salim‐Jones lives with her 14-year-old daughter. She works in a hospital film library.
Heather Seelinger works as a secretary in a high school. Her 19-year-old son is a student and a volunteer football coach.
Families for the 121 Main Street building
Mahmoud and Noura Abdelghafar have a 4-year-old son. Mahmoud is an Emergency Room Technician for one hospital and a Diagnostic Technician at another hospital.
Erika Gonzalez has a 3-year-old son. She is a Sort Manager for a package shipping company.
Hashem Ibrahim and Hend Elshmay have 1 son and 1 daughter who are 17-year-old twins. Hashem is a Shift Leader for a retail store and an Uber driver.
Claribel Medina has a 21-year-old son. She is a Department Manager at a retail store.
Laris Mojica-Mateo works as a transition specialist advisor for Fa nearby university. She lives with her mother and her 22-year-old son, who is a full time student.
Madelyn Porte is a Front-end Customer Service Representative at a hospital and has a 1-year-old son.
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, TD Charitable Foundation, Valley Bank, Alight Solutions 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; Fullerton Grounds Maintenance; 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 started in the spring. Workers at Veterans Build Week in November 2019 put the finishing touches of painting, tiling and landscaping on the first 6-unit building. The six homes in the 119 Main Street building were dedicated in December 2019 as the framing was started on the 121 Main Street building.
Women volunteered on the 121 Main Street 6-plex during Lowe’s Women Build Day in March 2020. The second 6-plex was dedicated in November 2020. A plaque on the property records the history of an early use of the hillside from 1857 to 1903 for the two-story Chestnut Hill School surrounded by chestnut trees.
Many thanks are due to the 3190 volunteers who donated 24,028 hours to build 119 Main Street. Employees of Travelers donated 375 hours of volunteer service, along with many people from other civic, church, corporate and school groups.
An additional 1,670 volunteers donated 13,360 hours to finish the final homes at 121 Main Street. Employees of J.M. Rodgers Co. volunteered the most hours of any organization. As always, the Morris Habitat Faithful put in countless hours.
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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121 Main Street Dedication covered by CBS NY News on November 18, 2020
Morris Habitat for Humanity dedicates its new 6-plex, welcoming six families into their new homes in Succasunna, NJ.
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