Project Address: 26-32 Bennett Avenue, Randolph
Build plan: building 1 to be completed in 2022; building 2 in 2023; buildings 3 & 4 in 2024 – Women Build
- 25 units in 4 buildings
- New construction
- 3 bedrooms in 7 homes; 2 bedrooms in 14 homes; 1 bedroom in 4 homes
Homeowners for the first thirteen units were selected via lottery on Thursday, November 18.
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.
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. 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. 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 >>
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 will volunteer during Women Build Month in May 2022.