Trenton plans to add more than 70 units of affordable housing in its North Ward before the end of next year.
City officials took part in a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday to announce the construction of the Patriot Village II. It will include 11 one-bedroom units, 42 two-bedroom units, and 19 three-bedroom units.
The site is located at the intersection of Race Street and Brunswick Avenue. Officials expect doors to open by Fall 2021.
Each unit will have an open floor plan with stainless steel appliances and high efficiency lighting systems. The complex will reserve some housing for the homeless with higher priority for veterans, according to Mayor Reed Gusciora’s Office.
“We are turning a once vacant lot into affordable homes for over 70 Trenton families,” said Gusciora. “As a result of our success in restoring Trenton as a trustworthy steward of federal grants, we’ve been able to unfreeze millions of dollars in funding, including $800,000 in HUD Home Investment Partnerships money that helped push financing for this project over the finish line.”
Part of the funding for this project comes in the form of three annual grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, HUD froze Trenton’s funding for several years in the past due to concerns of mismanagement.
Now, Gusciora’s administration has added the appropriate personnel and HUD has unfrozen the funding.
“This project will increase spending at nearby restaurants and businesses in the North Ward,” said North Ward City Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson. “We want to build a sense of pride in being a Trentonian. That’s why our community clamored for years to get a project like this one started.”
Trenton has contracted RPM Development Group to work on the Patriot Village II project. Bank of America will provide $18.3 million in construction financing and $14 million in low income housing tax credit equity to RPM, according to the mayor’s office.