Hoboken Housing Authority plans renovations

Fox Hill Gardens senior building first in line

Fox Hill Gardens, a 200-unit senior public housing facility, will be the first to undergo improvements and repairs.
Fox Hill Gardens, a 200-unit senior public housing facility, will be the first to undergo improvements and repairs.

Built nearly 70 years ago, Hoboken Housing Authority properties will finally get renovations, according to Executive Director Marc Recko and Chair of the HHA Board of Commissioners David Mello.

“We are at the starting gate,” said Recko, noting that the HHA hopes to enter into a contract on April 1 with international planning and architecture firm Torti Gallas & Partners Inc.

Once the contract is finalized, a six-month planning process for the redevelopment and rehabilitation of the HHA’s six locations will launch with emphasis on the main campus composed of Harrison Gardens and Andrew Jackson Gardens.

The main campus, along Harrison Street, Jackson Street, and Marshall Drive make up the majority of the HHA’s roughly 1,353 units.

They were constructed in 1959 and 1952 respectively.

While the planning process is about to be underway, one property, Fox Hill Gardens, is set to begin renovations now that the HHA has acquired funding.

Fox Hill fixup 

Fox Hill Gardens is a 200-unit building for seniors and those with disabilities at 311 13th Street.

The 10-story building will undergo a number of improvements, including kitchen cabinet replacements, painting, significant exterior façade repairs, curtain wall repairs, including insulation updates, appliance replacement, and plumbing and electrical fixture updates.

The repairs are made possible by the conversion of the property to the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration or RAD program from traditional Public Housing funding.

The conversion to the new funding stream uses the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) RAD program, an effort to preserve federally-subsidized affordable housing.

RAD is helping to address the capital backlog in the public housing program through leveraging the private sector to preserve affordable housing, serve more eligible households, and maximize the impact of scarce federal resources.

According to Recko, using the RAD program by HHA will provide the long-term financial stability needed to preserve, maintain, and improve Fox Hill Gardens for its trenants.

“Our success in moving Fox Hill Gardens to the RAD Program assures that our families will receive the improvements to their building and apartments that they so richly deserve, and the assurance to all current and future families that they will have a safe, secure, and quality living environment for years into the future,” Recko said.

“The Fox Hill conversion is the first step in a larger transition of the Hoboken Housing Authority to the RAD program,” said HHA Chair David Mello. “We look forward to working with our HHA residents, along with the entire Hoboken community, as we plan and implement the renovation and redevelopment of our 1,353 units across our city.”

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