The Crossings at Bennett Avenue, Randolph

Buildings 28 and 26 on October 8, 2022
Buildings 28 and 26 on October 8, 2022

Project Address: 26-32 Bennett Avenue, Randolph
Build plan: buildings 1 & 2 to be completed in 2023; buildings 3 & 4 in 2024 – Women Build – Veterans Build
Type:

  • 25 units in 4 buildings
  • New construction
  • 3 bedrooms in 7 homes; 2 bedrooms in 14 homes; 1 bedroom in 4 homes

Home sale prices:

Low-income families will pay $90,000 for a 1-bedroom unit or $110,000 for a 2-bedroom unit. Moderate-income families will pay $130,000 for a 1-bedroom unit, $170,000 for a 2-bedroom unit or $190,000 for a 3-bedroom unit.

12 Families selected November 2021 – Phase I

Families selected in 2021 come from all walks of life and countries of origin including, Egypt, Morrocco, Haiti, Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. There are 19 adults and 19 children ranging in age from 3-22.

The families work in healthcare, education, electronics, maintenance, delivery service, retail, social services, grocers, shipping receiving, engineering, legal services and more. We also have a retired Army Veteran and his family residing at The Crossings at Bennett Avenue.

Children attend Randolph Public Schools across several grade levels and three children attend college full time.

13 Families selected November 2022 – Phase II

The families of Phase II at the Crossings at Bennett Avenue have also worked very hard to achieve the dream of homeownership. Like many of their neighbors, in the first two buildings, they originate from the Dominican Republic and Columbia and two adults grew up in Chile. Many however were born and raised in the U.S. They are moving from the communities of Plainfield, Edison, Morristown, Dover, Clifton and Wharton to become a part of this new community in Randolph.

The families work in warehousing/industrial, medical offices, legal services, retail, grocery, housekeeping, healthcare, clerical/administrative services, crisis intervention, and as an adjunct professor.

Twelve children will call these condominiums home. Nine of these children will attend Randolph Public Schools and another three children are full-time college students.

The homes will be sold to eligible low- and moderate-income applicants. Preference will be given to veteran applicants, but all are encouraged to apply. Affordable 30-year 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.

Building 26 on January 16, 2023

Building 26 on January 16, 2023

Twenty-five new condos and a community room will be built on the former E.A. Porter industrial site on Bennett Avenue in Randolph. Residents will enjoy a picnic area, a play area, and a bike path to stores and restaurants on South Salem Street. The 2.5-acre property was acquired by Randolph Township in 2008 through tax foreclosure and will be donated to Morris Habitat. The township was responsible for environmental remediation, demolition of existing structures, site design, approvals and permitting.

First floor condominiums will be ADA accessible. The buildings will be ENERGY STAR certified for energy efficiency, EPA WaterSense certified for water efficiency and EPA Indoor AirPLUS certified for health protections.

This largest project in our thirty-five-year history is supported by home sponsors Bayer and GAF. Other sponsors include New Jersey Natural Gas. Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill secured a $3,000,000 federal grant to be used to help complete The Crossings at Bennett Avenue. This funding was one of ten Community Projects she submitted in the House Appropriations Committee Fiscal Year 2022 bill.

At their Senior Service Day in June 2021, the Mountain Lakes High School Class of 2021 raised over $10,000 toward building one home. For every $125 raised, a brick will be engraved with the class name. In 2022, the Randolph High School Brick-by-Brick Campaign raised $7500. These bricks will create pathways through the complex. You can contribute to the Buy a Brick fundraising campaign by purchasing your own personalized brick. Open brick order form >>

Professional team:

Pro bono and reduced-fee professional services have been contributed by architect Seth Leeb Architect, AIA; professional planner Bruce Katona; landscape architect Carolle Huber; real estate appraiser Dave Bossart; engineer and surveyor Fred Stewart, Jr., of Stewart Surveying & Engineering, LLC; attorney James P. Mullen, Esq.; attorney Sean Monaghan, Esq., of Schenck, Price, Smith, & King, LLP; attorneys at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP; and environmental consultant Eikon Planning and Design, LLC.

Construction is sponsored by Dow, Morris Brick & Stone, Simpson Strong-Tie, Schneider Electric, United Site Services, Valspar, Whirlpool and Yale.

The old warehouse was demolished in 2016. Site preparation was completed by summer 2021. The foundation for Building 1 was in place when the groundbreaking ceremony was held in October. Women volunteered on the site during Women Build Month in May 2022 and Women Build Week in May 2023 . Many individuals and corporate teams gave their help during Veterans Build week in November 2022.

The first of the four residential buildings is expected to be completed in spring 2023.

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