Domus Names Del-Sano Contractor for HUD Senior Housing Project

By Erika Schnitzer, Associate EditorDumont, N.J.—Domus Housing Corp., the housing arm of the Catholic Charities of The Archdiocese of Newark, recently broke ground on a $10.4 million  HUD 202 low-income senior housing project, St. Mary’s Senior Residence, in Dumont N.J. Del-Sano Contracting Corp., a U.S. Green Building Council member based in Union, N.J., was selected as the general contractor for the project, and Princeton-based Steven S. Cohen Architect P.C. designed the development, which is located on the grounds of St. Mary’s Parish at 280 Washington Avenue.The four-story, 45,000-sq.-ft. project will offer 49 one-bedroom units for residents ages 62 and older who earn less than $32,000 a year. Each 540-sq.-ft. apartment will be handicap-adaptable and will include Energy Star fixtures and appliances and thermal bypass details for efficient utilities usage. The project also includes a 2,000-sq.-ft. community room with a kitchen. Monthly rents will be 35 percent of residents’ income, explains Barbara Sekelsky, project coordinator, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark. Funding for St. Mary’s Senior Residence was provided through HUD ($7,669,400), Bergen County HOME ($1,010,000), Bergen County CDBG ($200,000), the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York ($375,000) and State of N.J. HOME Funds ($750,000). Additionally, Catholic Charities received a $400,000 DPG grant from HUD for the demolition of the existing building on the site.Del-Sano previously worked with Domus and Catholic Charities of he Archdiocese of Newark in 2005 on a 49-unit senior housing development in Kearny, N.J.