NEWARK, NJ — L+M Development Partners, Type A Projects and MSquared announced March 3 the closing on $42 million in financing for the development of 78 affordable rental apartments that will serve low- and moderate-income households in the Fairmount neighborhood of Newark in partnership with University Hospital. The project, developed under the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency’s Hospital Partnership Subsidy Program, functions as a gateway to University Hospital and is designed to improve resident health outcomes. Construction is set to begin in the coming weeks.
“This financing is a tremendous step forward for a project that will have a lasting impact on area residents in finding and keeping affordable, supportive housing in the proximity of University Hospital,” said Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, who serves as commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs and NJHMFA board chairperson. “Gov. Murphy and I are thrilled to see progress on this innovative hospital and housing partnership project that will help strengthen the Fairmount community. We look forward to coming back to celebrate its completion.”
“The Hospital Partnership Subsidy Program began with a very simple premise: Housing is health care. Where and how people live affects their well-being,” NJHMFA Executive Director Melanie R. Walter said. “This innovative program is a vehicle for hospitals to make impactful affordable housing and wellness investments in their communities. The high-quality apartment housing produced through these development partnerships also ensures resident access to critical resources, including wraparound services for residents with special needs.”
“One of my administration’s core commitments has been to provide our Newark residents with quality affordable housing and quality health care,” Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka said. “This $42 million partnership will enable us to address both these needs simultaneously through collaboration and with compassion. I congratulate this team on developing this important project that will continue to benefit our community for generations to come.”
“Supportive housing has never been a more critical component in the equation of health care than it is today, and we are pleased to join with our state and local partners to develop this project in the heart of Newark. This initiative will help us move more deeply into our long-term vision of chipping away at upstream social determinants of health, while creating positive and lasting health outcomes for our neighbors,” University Hospital President and CEO Dr. Shereef Elnahal said. “Looking to our future, University Hospital must honor our original charter by focusing on the solutions that will bring dramatic change to our community.”
“As part of our ongoing commitment to Newark, we are proud to develop another project that will provide two critical resources to the Fairmount neighborhood — quality affordable housing and access to health care,” L+M Development Partners Managing Director Jonathan Cortell said. “A core part of our mission at L+M is to improve the quality of life for our residents and vulnerable communities, and this project exemplifies just how far our impact can go. Thanks to all our partners for their work in reaching this important milestone and we look forward to bringing this development to the community.”
“Type A is honored to be a part of this unique public-private initiative bringing new community health and wellness resources alongside quality affordable and supportive housing to the Fairmount community,” Type A Projects principal Jill Crawford said. “We are grateful to all our partners for supporting this important and timely project and for the collaborative process with University Hospital that will deliver high quality health care services tailored to the needs of the community.”
“The Newark Housing Authority continues to be a proud partner of L+M Development in the revitalization of the Georgia King Village community,” Newark Housing Authority Executive Director Victor Cirilo said. “This new phase will not only meet affordable housing needs, but also help address much-needed medical services in the community.”
The project is located on a portion of the property at 250 Georgia King Village on West Market Street in the city’s Fairmount neighborhood. The development, designed by Alex Merlucci at Inglese Architecture + Engineering, will provide 78 affordable rental apartments that will serve low- and moderate-income households. Sixteen units will be reserved for homeless individuals and families, and these will be supported by project-based rental vouchers provided through the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Housing Choice Voucher Program. The project will also be a recipient of 30 project-based rental vouchers from the Newark Housing Authority. In addition, the building will include a ground-floor clinic and hospital office space operated by University Hospital. This wellness center will enhance social services throughout the neighborhood by providing much-needed outpatient medical care to an at-risk population.
The project is being financed through a combination of public and private capital, including $18 million in tax credit equity from Wells Fargo, $22 million in mortgage financing from NJHMFA, $1.6 million from the NJHMFA Special Needs Housing Trust Fund, $6 million from the Hospital Partnership Subsidy Program and $3.5 million from the Multifamily Rental Housing Production fund, as well as $3 million from University Hospital, $300,000 in HOME funds from the city of Newark and $300,000 in HOME funds from Essex County.