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Clayton, NJ (February 28, 2018) – Starting today, People for People Foundation, in partnership with Conifer Realty, will be accepting applications for Camp Salute. Camp Salute is a brand new affordable housing apartment community that features a Veteran preference and is the first and only of its kind in South Jersey. The public is invited to apply in person at The Clayton Senior Center, 1 Garwood Road, Clayton, NJ. Representatives will be available today to accept applications.

Camp Salute, an ENERGY STAR certified apartment community, features 14 one-bedroom units; 40 two-bedroom units; and 22 three-bedroom units; all of which will be constructed using the best practices in energy saving technology.

Applications will be accepted between the hours of 10 am – 4 pm. Those applying for residency, must bring a DD214 and completed applications. Please contact People for People Foundation for applications or complete the Camp Salute Interest List at

Charles Lewis, Senior Vice President of Development for Conifer Realty, stated, “The response from the veteran’s community has been incredible – over 200 have expressed interest in Camp Salute. The overwhelming demand shows the unfulfilled need for affordable housing and services for our veterans.”

People for People Foundation, also known as a “Veteran Support Organization,” will be moving their headquarters to the Camp Salute Apartment Community once completed and will provide on-site veteran and social services to Camp Salute’s residents. The 76-unit apartment complex will also offer 5 units dedicated to homeless veterans, 19 units dedicated to disabled veterans and 51 units will be veteran preference.

Bernadette Blackstock, President and CEO for People for People Foundation said, “It is the first time we are giving the veterans of South Jersey, who served this country an opportunity to have affordable permanent housing. Their excitement at the information session was overwhelming.”

For more information about the Camp Salute visit the People for People website at: or call: (856) 579-7561.





BUFFALO, N.Y., Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- M&T Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York announced today the awarding of $11.5 million in grants to community-based organizations in nine different cities through the FHLB-NY's Affordable Housing Program.

The grants will help fund projects in: Buffalo, N.Y.; Albany, N.Y.; Trenton, N.J.; Asbury Park, N.J.; Cherry Hill, N.J.; Newark, N.J.; Altoona, Pa.; Claymont, Del.; and Frederica, Del.


Organizations seeking funding through the FHLB's Affordable Housing Program must submit an application sponsored by one of the FHLB-NY member banks.

"The success of our bank is directly related to the success of the communities we serve and every community needs safe and affordable housing for its citizens. We appreciate the support of our colleagues at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York in approving these grant applications that M&T Bank sponsored for these organizations in our communities," said Brad Dossinger Group Vice President of Community Reinvestment at M&T Bank.

Grants approved included:

  • Buffalo City Mission in Buffalo will receive $3.26 million to be used toward an expansion of its building on 100 East Tupper Street. The project will create 134 housing units for homeless and low-income residents of Buffalo. This is the largest FHLB-NY Affordable Housing Program grant ever secured through M&T Bank.
  • Buffalo Neighborhood Stabilization Company Inc. in Buffalo was approved for a $214,154 grant to help with the rehabilitation of 11 affordable housing units as part of its GDZ Homes project.
  • My Place Home for the Homeless in Buffalo will receive $100,000 to be used on 10 units of its Polly Jean Suites project.
  • A $1.1 million grant for the Albany Housing Authority in Albany will be used on 76 affordable housing units being redeveloped as part of the second phase of the Ida Yarbrough Homes Redevelopment.
  • The Trenton Housing Authority in Trenton, N.J. will receive a $1.4 million grant to be used toward its Page Homesproject, which involves the redevelopment of a former public housing project to create 77 new units of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments.
  • The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey has been awarded a $1.6 million grant toward a project at 1721 Springdale Road in Cherry Hill, N.J., creating 79 units of affordable housing.
  • Michaels Community Services Corporation of Asbury Park, N.J., was approved for a $1 million grant for its 64-unit projects called The Renaissance.
  • The Housing Authority of the City of Newark in Newark, N.J., was approved for an $841,500 grant to help rehabilitate 153 units of affordable housing at Montgomery Heights II.
  • Riverside Charitable Corporation will be making upgrades to 76 units in the Cherry Grove Apartments in Altoona, Pa., including upgrading HVAC systems, replacing windows, doors and roofing. Funds will also be used to provide residents with access to case management services in partnership with Blair County Community Committee, financial literacy courses in partnership with M&T Bank, and free high speed internet. The project will receive a $1.6 million grant.
  • Gaudenzia Foundation Inc. in Claymont, Del., was approved for a $375,000 grant to be used toward the rehabilitation of 26 units of affordable housing.
  • Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity will use the $60,000 grant to aid construction of four housing units in Frederica, Del., two are currently under construction. The grant will be evenly divided, with $15,000 to be spent per house. These additions will bring the total to 16 homes built in Frederica.

The Federal Home Loan Bank System's Affordable Housing Program, created by Congress in 1989, provides member community lenders with direct subsidies, which are passed on to qualified households through a sponsoring local non-profit organization. AHP financing is combined with other funding sources to create housing for moderate-, low- and very-low-income families. Program awardees receive this funding through semi-annual competitive rounds. Each competing project must be sponsored by a financial organization that is a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank in partnership with a community-based sponsoring organization.

These grants announced today were part of the annual competitive round completed in the fourth quarter of 2017.

About M&T Bank: 
M&T Bank Corporation (NYSE: MTB)("M&T") is a financial holding company headquartered in Buffalo, New York.  M&T's principal banking subsidiary, M&T Bank, operates banking offices in New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.  Trust-related services are provided by M&T's Wilmington Trust-affiliated companies and by M&T Bank.


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Up to $1 million may be coming to the Fort Hill Performing Arts Center Canandaigua, courtesy of the Sands family and Constellation Brands.

CANANDAIGUA — After learning of the news that up to $1 million is coming the way of the Fort Hill Performing Arts Center Canandaigua, Holger Stave, the nonprofit organization’s executive director, called it a good day for the arts.

“It’s a good day for Canandaigua,” Stave said.

The proposed performing arts center, which involves renovating the former Canandaigua Academy auditorium housed inside the Fort Hill Apartments campus, is getting a major shot in the arm, courtesy of the Sands family and Constellation Brands Inc.

Conifer Realty LLC, which owns the apartments, supports and has worked on plans for the project.

The mid-sized arts venue will be getting $500,000 for the $4.3 million project, which calls for a 460-seat theater and would host arts groups such as Rochester City Ballet, Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra, Finger Lakes Opera and others.

Members of FHPACC are trying to raise $500,000 through the end of March as part of a capital campaign, at which point Sands and Constellation will match the total with another $500,000.

“It gives us what we need,” Stave said.

The theater will be named the Sands-Constellation Theatre, according to Gordon Estes, president of FHPACC.

“We are so thankful for the generous donation by Constellation brands and the Sands family,” Estes said in a prepared statement. “They have long been a supporter of arts and culture in the community, and we are thrilled for the impact this donation will have on our organization and community.”

The proposed theater site, which was the former Canandaigua Academy auditorium, would stage symphony orchestra concerts, ballet, opera and other performing arts events. In addition to upgrades, the group also is pursuing having a theater organ installed, Stave said.

Renovation work is expected to begin in May, with a target opening of summer 2019.

“It will truly be a great asset to the Canandaigua community,” said Rob Sands, president and CEO of Constellation Brands in a prepared statement.

Mayor Ellen Polimeni, who serves on the nonprofit’s board, said she was pleased that the Sands family and Constellation Brands stepped up and supports efforts like this for the arts.

“I think the building itself is an important community asset,” Polimeni said. “They have certainly been part of the community for years, and they know of the significance of the building.”


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Travis Gonzalez, Writer 



Good management translates into value, and well‐managed properties can improve the quality of life for the people in them. For last year’s Real Estate Management Excellence award recipients, challenging and reshaping best business practices is a daily part of the job.  The Institute of Real Estate Management uses the awards to highlight positive business practices. Businesses continue to see the value in fostering corporate responsibility, and real estate professionals have followed suit. In an industry that thrives on interpersonal relationships, the REME Awards affirm real estate’s ultimate goal: to impact how and where people live. Here are four ways the real estate management community is creating positive change in the industry.

1. Fostering sustainability and environmental stewardship Buildings account for 39% of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. An increasing number of real estate businesses have made strides enacting sustainability initiatives across their portfolios.  National Community Renaissance received the 2017 REME Award for Sustainability Programs within the workplace environment. National CORE is a nonprofit builder of affordable, multifamily, mixed-income, senior, workforce and special needs housing. The organization launched its “Doing Our Part” initiative last year, which focuses on water conservation across their portfolio and combines resident education with physical improvements and upgrades like turf removal and high-water-efficiency fixtures.  Corporate environmental responsibility has also gained popularity, as online tools allow managers to track office energy use in real time. SL Green Realty Corp. received the 2017 REME Award for Corporate Innovation for its use of EnergyDesk, an energy management platform that provides performance diagnostics across 20.5M SF of its portfolio. Unsplash Chicago

2. Bringing a human touch to property management For Lieberman Management Services Regional Director Paul Petrulis, personal interaction with owners, residents, co-workers and vendors has been a cornerstone of his business practice for years. As managers increasingly rely on technology to help with property operations, human interaction can get lost behind screens and keyboards. IREM awarded Petrulis the REME Award for Accredited Residential Manager of the Year for his understanding of the value of personal service to clients, tenants and residents, as well as his commitment to IREM ethics and best practices.  At Mission Rock Residential, President Patricia Hutchison brings a similar level of personal interaction to the role, along with 27 years of multifamily experience in the Denver market. She was honored with the 2017 REME Award for Certified Property Manager.  In Nashville, family-owned Accredited Management Organization Freeman Web Co. has been a resource for Nashville’s real estate community. People are flocking to Nashville for more than its legendary music scene. Cranes dot the skyline and the city has more than $4B in active building permits.  Freeman Web has maintained a commitment to providing consistent service to clients, tenants and residents, from property management to investment. IREM honored Freeman Webb with a 2017 REME Award for AMO of the Year.

3. Creating the leaders of tomorrow The rigid leadership hierarchies that once defined the business world are on the way out. According to a survey from Virtuali and Work Place Trends, 91% of respondents expressed a desire to lead. Another 50% of respondents said leaders should empower others. Sensing this need for more collaborative work environments, JLL Mid-Atlantic launched its Emerging Leaders Program. The program cultivates the leadership ability of high-value talent who demonstrate a desire to grow, along with a strong potential for future career success. Seventy percent of participants earned a promotion during the program. JLL was honored with the 2017 REME Award for Employee and Leadership Development for its efforts.

4. Giving back to the community  Real estate development goes beyond luxury high-rises and trophy office buildings. As affordable housing crises sweep across the U.S.’ major cities, leaders in the industry are making strides in creating projects that improve local communities. Conifer Realty was awarded the 2017 REME Award for Corporate and Social Responsibility for leading the development, fundraising and construction of an 82-bed homeless shelter, the House of Mercy, in Rochester, New York.  Conifer raised nearly $6M in funding for the new shelter. It also provided its time and talent to more than triple the size of the previous shelter location. To learn more about this Bisnow content partner, click here. 

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Vincent Jackson, Staff Writer
Press of Atlantic City

"The creation of a housing development of 99 low- and moderate-income rental apartments at New York Avenue and Harding Highway in Hamilton Township should be finished by July.

The construction project with a price tag of about $28 million started in June, said Charles M. Lewis, senior vice president for the developer, Conifer Realty LLC, Mount Laurel, Burlington County.

The development, originally known as Harding Homes, has been renamed Pinegrove at Hamilton, Lewis said.

“The cold weather slowed us down a little bit. Early on, we were a little bit ahead of schedule, so we had a little cushion built in. So, we are pretty much on schedule right now,” said Lewis, who added the plan was always 13 months for construction.

The apartments will be basically townhouses with some flats mixed in, Lewis said. There will be 15 one-bedroom, 51 two-bedroom and 33 three-bedroom apartments. Eight buildings with apartments are being constructed along with a freestanding clubhouse for the development’s residents to use.

There were no issues dealing with the Hamilton Township Planning Board during the approval process, Lewis said.

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is providing Hurricane Sandy funds for this project, Lewis said.

“We did a market study prior to acquiring the site, and it showed that there was a big demand for affordable housing in Atlantic County,” Lewis said. “We also have developments in Atlantic City and in Egg Harbor City, so for us it made a lot of sense from a management perspective because we already had a presence in the area.”

Conifer Realty LLC is responsible for the Meadows in Atlantic City, which was done in conjunction with the Atlantic City Housing Authority. The Egg Harbor City development is known as Conifer Village at Rittenberg. The company also was behind a housing project in Absecon known as Clayton Mill Run, Lewis said.

The developer is Conifer Realty LLC, but the contractor is a separate, but affiliated company, Conifer LeChase, Lewis said.

“We always keep our eyes out for good locations. A Realtor had brought this (piece of property) to our attention, and we really liked the site,” Lewis said.

Rose Krebs, Staff Writer
Burlington County Times

"CINNAMINSON — A long-planned affordable housing project on Riverton Road is slated to begin this spring now that financing is in place.

But there have been bumps in the road, including securing additional last-minute financing, according to Matthew Reilly, president and CEO of Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development Inc., commonly known as MEND.

MEND and Conifer Realty, of Mount Laurel, were awarded $1.05 million in tax credits last year to build 54 age-restricted affordable units on 2.7 acres on Riverton Road. The property, which has a large home on it that was formerly used by a nonprofit for senior citizen housing, was purchased by the municipality more than a decade ago.

On Wednesday, the Burlington County Board of Freeholders authorized $240,000 more in loan money from the county’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program to MEND for the project. In 2016, the county awarded an additional $200,000.

Reilly said his organization was “lucky” that the county had the funds available because the tax reforms passed by Congress would impact the equity of tax credits MEND was going to be able to secure.

“Thank you very much to the county,” Reilly said.

He said the $12.8 million project was short on funding after the reforms led to a reduction in tax credit equity of about $1.2 million.

Reilly said tax reform is having a “fairly dramatic impact” on affordable housing projects because the banks that pay for the tax credits are now offering less on the dollar than in previous years. Developers rely on that equity to fund projects.

Because of the reduced equity, MEND had to take out an additional $160,000 in mortgage debt and make cost reductions of $800,000 to be able to fully fund the Cinnaminson project, Reilly said. MEND and Conifer both ended up reducing their project fees.

“We’re ready to go,” Reilly said. “We think it’s going to be a beautiful building and quite a dramatic upgrade from what has been there for the past 10 years.”

“The freeholder board is proud to be able to ensure this much-needed project in Cinnaminson becomes a reality,” freeholder Director Kate Gibbs said. “Providing resources to seniors, who are among the most vulnerable in our communities, has always been one of the board’s top priorities.”

The county’s loans will fund about 11 units, officials said.

“The additional $240,000 request for HOME funds will prevent a potentially insurmountable funding gap for the project,” Gibbs said. “Changes in the tax credit market created a situation in that the completion of the project would be in jeopardy without sacrifices made by MEND and additional support from the county.”

The house will be demolished and replaced by a three-story building with 53 one-bedroom apartments and one two-bedroom unit. To qualify, residents must be at least 62 years old and meet certain income standards.

Rents will be determined using limits and income-eligibility requirements set by the state. Based on current figures, monthly rent would range from about $301 to $866 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,039 for two bedrooms, Reilly said. Residents would be eligible for an allowance to offset utility costs.

The annual maximum income for tenants is expected to be about $19,000 to $22,000, Reilly said.

“This development is a perfect example of how municipalities and the freeholders can work together to share services on behalf of county residents,” Mayor Howard “Bud” Evans said. “I am thrilled to work alongside MEND, the county and others to turn this eyesore in our town into a beautiful, new senior residence.”

Applications are not yet being accepted, but anyone interested can call MEND at 856-722-7070, ext. 20.

Southern New Jersey Development Council hosted its annual Distinguished Achievement Awards Reception honoring outstanding individuals, organizations and companies in the public and private sectors for leadership in economic development.

 Conifer Realty, LLC is happy to announce that Camp Salute, an affordable housing, veteran preference, development in Clayton, NJ, has been awarded the 2017 Community Housing Award at Southern New Jersey Development Council’s (SNJDC) Annual Awards Reception on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

“We at Conifer are honored to receive the Community Housing Award for our efforts and our impact on the community with the Camp Salute development and others,” said Sam Leone, Regional Vice President who accepted the award on behalf of Conifer. “Camp Salute is an outstanding example of what can be created through public-private partnerships. Conifer and People for People Foundation are able to develop this community and provide the services and housing our veterans need, thanks in great part to the support we have received from the Borough of Clayton, the county, and the state.”

Camp Salute

“Conifer Realty has made a remarkable impact with the Camp Salute Affordable Housing Project honoring those who have served our country by providing them with permanent housing and services to our veterans through a partnership with People for People,” said Marlene Z. Asselta, President of SNJDC. “As a result of Conifer’s mission to provide high quality affordable housing through partnerships with local government, state housing agencies and nonprofit partners, together with the Camp Salute project, you have been selected by the SNJDC to be the recipient of the Community Housing Award,” she added. “We are celebrating your success in enhancing the housing opportunities in our region.”

This new development is a result of a seven-year effort by The People for People Foundation and Conifer. Thanks to financing by the state of New Jersey and our partners, we are able to provide 76 state-of-the-art apartments to veterans and families in Clayton.

Camp Salute represents the highest quality affordable housing available in the market. The ENERGY STAR certified building features 14 one-bedroom units, 40 two-bedroom units and 22 three-bedroom units that were constructed using the best practices in energy saving technology, along with a spacious community room, laundry center, a fully-equipped fitness center and 24-hour emergency maintenance. 19 apartments will be set aside for veterans with disabilities.

The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) hosted its annual Inaugural Gala Dinner and Real Estate Management Excellence (REME) Awards Celebration on Friday, October 13th in Chicago

 Conifer Realty, LLC is honored to have received the 2017 International Award for Corporate and Social Responsibility from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) presented at the 2017 Real Estate Management Excellence (REME) Awards.

This year’s finalists covered both residential and commercial sectors, including submissions from the US, Canada and China. The Corporate and Social Responsibility category recognized exemplary corporate responsibility and contributions to the community that enhance the reputation of real estate management.

Conifer was recognized for its initiative and leadership in developing a brand-new, state-of-the-art homeless shelter in Rochester, NY, the House of Mercy. “For a city of our size, Rochester has the highest poverty rate in the United States, so when we first heard of Sister Grace’s story and the House of Mercy, in 2015, we knew we had to take action to provide our time, talent and treasure to an organization and an individual who had given her whole self to the needy in Rochester,” said Tim Fournier, Chairman and CEO at Conifer.

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The House of Mercy was founded in 1985 to provide shelter, food, clothing and case management services to those in need. The first building offered 19 beds with a need that far exceeded its capacity.

“In March of this year, The House of Mercy opened its doors to a brand new 82-bed, state-of-the-art homeless shelter at a new location, just minutes from Downtown Rochester, closer to the population served, other providers and transportation hubs,” said Fournier. “The new building, designed by NH Architecture, more than triples the size of the previous shelter location. It includes an innovative sleeping area with 82 separately partitioned beds providing the guests with their own space to add a feeling of dignity.”

Conifer-LeChase Construction (CLC), a joint venture between Conifer Realty and LeChase Construction, was the General Contractor for the substantial 15,000 square foot rehabilitation of the new building. Under the leadership of Vice President Brian Russo, CLC donated the construction fee and was able to obtain over $100,000 in donations from their subcontractors.

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“The House of Mercy is a true testament to “Greatness from Many”, it was with superior partnerships and collaborative team efforts that this once blighted site of disrepair has risen an 82-bed homeless shelter,” said Fournier. “Lisa Kaseman, Vice President of Development Operations and Jim LeChase, Senior Vice President of Construction at Conifer Realty worked diligently and tirelessly on the new shelter and I’d like to thank them for their efforts, for without them, we would not be looking at such a beautiful, revitalized building for the needy in Rochester.”

Tim Fournier along with Dick Crossed co-chaired a Capital Campaign for the House of Mercy, raising over $3.6 Million in private financing to develop, construct and maintain the new House of Mercy. In addition, the NYS Homeless Housing Assistance Corporation (HHAC) contributed a $2.3 Million grant and the City of Rochester gave an additional $500,000. Sister Grace Miller, Director at the House of Mercy played a pivotal role in increasing awareness of the need for a larger, safe, state-of-the-art homeless shelter in Rochester. Her effort and dedication to the homeless have provided shelter, food, clothing, and case management to thousands of Rochester residents for over 30 years.

“We see a happiness we didn’t see before,” said Sister Grace Miller. “And to show the impact of the new building, the first day we opened up and [the] homeless were coming in, they’re saying ‘oh, this is beautiful, it’s like a hotel,’ and two of them said, ‘I’m going to turn my life around,’ and I think the fact that we have a beautiful building like this, does a lot for their own image, their own ego, their own self-worth – they really feel they’re important, that they are human beings and they’re being treated like human beings. So, our gratitude to Tim and to Dick is unfathomable, we cannot thank them enough. And they’ve given the homeless hope.”

Many members of our community demonstrated tremendous generosity; we could not have accomplished this achievement without their commitment and support. We’d also like to thank Kelly Finnigan, House of Mercy’s Director of Operations, as well as the House of Mercy Board Members: Bernard Sass, Christine Castronova, Barbara Green, Bob Bartolotta, Miriam Zinter, Edward Hourihan, Jamie Winnick, Dick Crossed, Jim Vogel, and Alan Hanford; as well as past Board Members: Ashley Papp, Laurent Esquier and Pam Smith, for their never-ending support.

This project has been an excellent example of how companies can give back to their communities. Conifer will continue to work with the House of Mercy, providing our best practices, pricing relationships and staff to aid the shelter in providing an on-going, safe, quality place for its guests to rest their heads.

Conifer’s property management team touches the lives of over 20,000 residents on a daily basis – with the addition of the House of Mercy, we are now taking steps to end homelessness by providing shelters and a plethora of affordable housing options in the markets we serve. We are truly humbled to know that what we do every day makes a difference.

“Hospitality to all – no matter how lost,” said Sister Grace Miller.

The House of Mercy is always in need of donations and volunteers. For more information on how you can get involved, please call (585) 546-2580, or visit

Tom Waring, Staff Writer

"Pennypack Crossing recently celebrated its grand opening. The former convent on the campus of Nazareth Hospital is now an apartment complex for people 55 or older and the disabled.

Helene Nestel moved to the Northeast in 1963 and was happy in her single rancher in Winchester Park.

Recently, she learned of the conversion of a former convent on the Holme Avenue campus of Nazareth Hospital into an apartment complex for people 55 or older and the disabled.

Nestel made plans to move into the complex, and it looks like she’ll be selling her house without it even being listed. Her furniture fit into her new home, and visitors to her Pennypack Crossing apartment like the new digs. She’ll move in full time next month.

“I am now a happy resident of Pennypack Crossing and can remain in my Northeast area that I love,” she said.

Nestel spoke last week at the grand opening of Pennypack Crossing, 2723 Holme Ave.

The Holme Circle Civic Association has been working for five years with the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth to find a reputable developer for affordable senior citizen housing for the former convent.

They settled on Conifer, a real estate development, construction and management company that has been building affordable housing for more than 40 years.

Conifer teamed with Inglis Housing Corporation, which strives to help disabled people live in independent, accessible housing.

Pennypack Crossing consists of 44 one-bedroom units, 32 for folks 55-plus and 12 for the disabled. All units are taken.

The project cost more than $12.5 million. Most of the funding came from the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit. TD Bank provided a construction loan of $5.2 million.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Oct. 11, and guests toured the six-floor facility. The complex features a community room with kitchenette, fitness center, computer lab, professional staff, a 24-hour maintenance team and onsite parking.

Conifer senior vice president Charles Lewis, who was born at Nazareth when it was a new hospital, emceed the ceremony. He credited state Sen. John Sabatina Jr. and his predecessor, Mike Stack, and their staffs, along with City Councilman Bobby Henon and former Councilmen Ed Neilson and Denny O’Brien.

Tom Johnson, Conifer’s executive vice president, thanked the community for its support, adding that there is a need for modern affordable housing in the area. He also praised the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

“Their prayers helped get us through this project,” he said.

Sister Teresa Mika, the provincial treasurer for the order, described the former convent as a center of welcome and hospitality, filled with a family spirit.

“May God bless all who enter here,” she said.

Holly Glauser, PHFA’s development director, said her agency is glad to help keep rents low in a place built by a quality developer such as Conifer in partnership with the highly reputable Inglis.

Kevin Kelly, managing director of the 140-year-old Inglis, said his agency is pleased that clients are living in a safe neighborhood so close to shopping, transportation and a hospital.

Stack, now lieutenant governor, is glad to see affordable housing for older people.

“Seniors need to have an independence,” he said.

Henon called the facility a “jewel of Northeast Philadelphia.”

“Nobody wants a vacant building,” he said.

Sabatina thanked former Holme Circle Civic Association president Elsie Stevens for her perseverance.

Stevens, who introduced Nestel, recalled that the community began working on the project in October 2012. She thanked Sister Celine Warnilo for her prayers, elected officials for their help and neighboring civic associations for joining a letter-writing campaign to ensure a reputable developer.

Those civics were Mayfair, Winchester Park, Holmesburg, Upper Holmesburg, East Torresdale and Rhawnhurst.

“Today is one of the most fulfilling days of community spirit,” Stevens said. ••

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Press Release, distributed by State of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs

"Four Projects Recognized at the 2017 Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development

TRENTON - Four innovative real estate development projects were honored with Governor's Excellence in Housing and Economic Development Awards at the 2017 Annual Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development.

'Development of housing for individuals with special needs has been a priority for the Administration,' said Charles A. Richman, Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA). 'There are many sites across the state that offer creative developers a blank canvas to address this issue.' DCA is one of the hosts of the Governor's Conference.

Two projects received the Housing Revitalization Award. These projects demonstrated the revitalization or redevelopment of distressed or blighted neighborhoods while including an affordable or workforce housing component.

The RIVERFRONT VILLAGE AT PENNSAUKEN (rental development), involves the transformation of a vacant former supermarket, abandoned for nearly 25 years, into an affordable family housing development. The project includes 75 affordable family units in eight buildings, with five set aside for homeless veterans. Riverfront Village is immediately adjacent to a stop on the light rail River Line linking Camden to Trenton, as well as a bus station with connections to other transit links, giving working residents easy access to regional employment centers. The development is part of Pennsauken's Waterfront Master Plan, which outlines the municipality's vision for the area's redevelopment. The project partners are Conifer Realty, LLC, Kitchen & Associates, Pennsauken Township, Camden County Improvement Authority and Camden County Housing Association.

ROSE HOMES (homeownership development), located in Roselle, is helping the borough reduce its decades-old inventory of vacant lots. The thirteen Rose Homes properties are helping to revitalize neighborhoods throughout the municipality while providing affordable homes for working families. The success of the project has led to a second phase. The project partners are Rose Urban Renewal, LLC, Borough of Roselle Mayor and Council, New Jersey Community Capital, and Jersey Mortgage Company.

The Supportive Housing Development Award recognizes a housing project that serves individuals and families with special needs such as the homeless; victims of domestic violence; persons with mental, physical, or developmental disabilities; persons with HIV/AIDS; and youth aging out of foster care. This award went to OCEAN GREEN SENIOR APARTMENTS, a five-story building constructed on a vacant lot in Jersey City. The project was designed to provide 44 affordable senior units and 11 units for special needs residents. The project partners are Cara Development, C-Line Community Outreach Services, the City of Jersey City, Jersey City Medical Center - RWJ Barnabas Health, Inglese Architecture + Engineering, and Del-Sano Contracting Corporation.

The Leading Economic Development Award recognizes an alliance between a New Jersey-based business that has teamed up with the state, a community, or local economic development organization to advance the redevelopment of downtowns, and enhance the quality of life for residents. The partnership should advance the state's overall vision for building tomorrow's living and working communities. This award was given to 220 ROWAN BOULEVARD, located in Glassboro. This project is a key component in the borough's downtown redevelopment and features 28,000 square feet of medical space, 20,000 square feet of retail space, and student and market-rate apartments. The new six-story building occupies formerly dilapidated downtown real estate, and is part of a $425 million project linking the Rowan University campus with Glassboro's retail district, creating a traditional college town and walkable community, and promoting smart growth. The project partners are Nexus Properties, the Borough of Glassboro, Rowan University, Blackney Hayes Architects and M & T Bank.

'These awards celebrate some of the best examples of quality affordable housing, supportive housing and public-private partnerships that have been placed in service throughout New Jersey over the last two and a half years,' said New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency Executive Director Anthony L. Marchetta. 'These projects embody the respective missions of our agencies to provide quality affordable housing opportunities, create and retain jobs, and improve the quality of life for all New Jerseyans.'

These projects exemplify the best efforts and collaborations of many dedicated stakeholders,' said New Jersey Economic Development Authority Chief Executive Officer Melissa Orsen. 'Quality housing is a critical component in our efforts to continue to build economic development strategies including job creation and investment.'

The annual conference is hosted by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. This year's theme was 'Building Foundations to Shape Communities.' The Governor's Conference brought together the state's most distinguished housing, economic development, business professionals, government officials, lenders, developers, nonprofits, and consultants. This year's conference presented insights and engaged participants in initiatives and new perspectives on property management, economic and community development, special needs populations, and effective approaches for community building.

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