Pennrose Opens New Jersey Affordable Senior Community

Previously a public housing site, the property went through a $20 million redevelopment.

Village at Harmony Garden Opening. Image courtesy of Pennrose

Village at Harmony Garden Opening. Image courtesy of Pennrose

Pennrose, Gloucester County and The Housing Authority of Glassboro, along with the other partners involved in the project, have officially opened Village at Harmony Garden, a 65-unit affordable senior housing community in Glassboro, N.J.

The 10-acre property went through a $20 million redevelopment, transforming a public housing site, previously known as Ellis Manor, into an affordable senior community. The new development caters to seniors age 55 and older, earning 50 percent or less of the area median income. All units will have rent supported by GHA project-based vouchers.

New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency, Bank of America, Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, County of Gloucester, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the Borough of Glassboro were part of the redevelopment’s financing team. Thriven Design provided architectural, engineering and planning services for the project. The property has Energy Star certification and won the 2022 Supportive Housing Association Project of the Year award.

A total of 13 units are set aside for non-age-restricted individuals with developmental disabilities,14 units are designated for residents with physical disabilities, eight units for residents with hearing and vision disabilities and four units are accessible for individuals over 55 with developmental disabilities.

Amenities at Village at Harmony Garden

Located at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Higgins Drive, Village at Harmony Garden provides easy access to routes 322 and 55. The site is less than 3 miles from Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill.

The cottage-style buildings incorporate one- and two-bedroom floorplans, ranging between 660 and 940 square feet. Common-area amenities consist of a fitness center, a community room, a gazebo, a garden and outdoor recreational areas. The property features a supportive services center, 24/h emergency call system and on-site professional team. PennReach will provide the supportive services for individuals with autism, intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Co-developers Pennrose and Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp. have recently broken ground on a 51-unit fully affordable, age-restricted community in Philadelphia’s Chinatown. The community will cater to seniors earning between 20 and 60 percent of AMI.

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