The Michaels Organization's President of Development Gary Buechler, NJ HMFA Executive Director Anthony Marchetta, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Jersey City Housing Authority Executive Director Marvin Walton, and HUD D/Regional Administrator Mirza Orriols.
HUD D/Regional Administrator Mirza Orriols, as well as HUD New Jersey Field Office Director Maria Maio-Messano were present to celebrate the start of the rebirth of the old Montgomery Gardens site in Jersey City. HUD provided a $250,000 Choice Neighborhood Grant in 2010 that initiated the transformation of this outdated public housing project.
HUD also provided $5.7 million in Hurricane Sandy Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery funding for the rehabilitation. Apartments were offered to Superstorm Sandy survivors for the first 90 days of rental. HUD will also provide rental subsidies for the apartments.
Catherine Todd Senior Living is now a 68-unit building for residents 62 years and older. The rehabilitation provided amenities including a small gym, a large multi-purpose room, warming kitchen, computer learning center, a living room which will serve as a quiet reading and visiting room, a media/game room, and onsite laundry facilities.
HUD D/RA Mirza Orriols addresses the audience in front of the Catherine Todd mural that hangs in the lobby of the building.
Five units will be assigned to previously homeless seniors: "It is very important to HUD that 5 of these apartments will be reserved for senior households defined as homeless," said HUD D/RA Orriols. "HUD continues to work towards ending homelessness and its vital that we all work together to achieve this goal."
This development is the first of multiple buildings that will be built or rehabilitated at the old Montgomery Gardens site.