Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Summit Condominium Project – Union News Daily
SUMMIT, NJ – Morris Habitat for Humanity, a leading builder and leading advocate for affordable housing in New Jersey, celebrated the grand opening of a new condominium complex in Summit on Sunday, September 25. The condominiums are being built on the former site of the Italian American Club located at 146 Morris Ave.
Morris Habitat is working with Summit town officials to bring these affordable homes to town. The project will include 12 condos in two L-shaped buildings – six three-bedroom units and six two-bedroom units. The Summit Civic Foundation donated $50,000 for the project.
Blair Schleicher Wilson, Managing Director of Morris Habitat for Humanity, chaired the event at the Summit site. Speakers included Summit Mayor Nora Radest, Congresswoman Nancy Muñoz, Summit Civic Foundation officers Roz Kendellen and Peter Elliot, and Reverend Denison Harrield Jr. of Wallace Chapel AME Zion Church. Also in attendance were Summit Common Council members Lisa Allen, Marjorie Fox, Susan Hairston, Andy Minegar, Danny O’Sullivan and Greg Vartan.
“Today, in the midst of an extreme housing shortage, we are ushering in this affordable homeownership project,” said Schleicher Wilson, who noted that New Jersey has a deficit of 200,000 affordable housing units. . “Thank you for helping to sow hope for tomorrow by providing these homeownership opportunities here at Summit for families wishing to realize the American Dream.”
The Morris Avenue crossings represent the first use of modular construction by Morris Habitat. The project will be built in two phases and is expected to be completed in 2023. This is Morris Habitat’s second project at Summit; the first was a six-unit condominium complex on Morris Avenue that was completed in 2012.
“Through the support and work of volunteers, Habitat for Humanity helps homeowners gain the strength, stability and independence they need to build better lives for themselves and their families,” said Radest. “Members of City Council and I are grateful for their presence in our community and their commitment to building a place where deserving homeowners can call Summit home. »
Future Summit owners will complete a minimum of 300 sweat equity hours, working alongside other Habitat volunteers to build their own home, other people’s homes, or volunteer in other capacities within organization, such as at the ReStore or other community events.
Photo courtesy of Kelly Vanasse