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North Bergen breaks ground on new affordable housing complex

Housing Authority's Meadow Hill will be home to 61 one-bedroom units

A rendering of the completed Meadow Hill complex

The North Bergen Housing Authority has broken ground on a new affordable housing building, home to 61 one-bedroom units.

Meadow Hill is on the 6700 block of Columbia Avenue, adjacent to Terrace Apartments, senior housing authority building at 6800 Columbia Avenue.

This building will be reserved for section 8-eligible tenants, those age 55 and over, and physically disabled adults. Section 8 residents would pay 30 percent of their income for rent.

The $20 million complex will be constructed through a New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency loan, with nearly $2 million coming from the county’s community development budget.

The building will be constructed by the Alpert Group, which previously built the Theresa Ferraro Senior Housing Complex, also known as Renaissance 1, at 6201 Grand Avenue next to the Lawler Towers.

Officials put shovels in the ground on Sept. 8.

Construction begins

North Bergen Mayor Nicholas Sacco, North Bergen Housing Authority Executive Director Gerald Sanzari, Hudson County Commissioner Anthony Vainieri, and North Bergen Commissioners Hugo Cabrera and Allen Pascual as well as other dignitaries were on site to mark the start of construction.

“Today’s groundbreaking is a continuation of our commitment in North Bergen to build affordable housing for our residents,” Sacco said in a statement. “This could not have been possible without the dedication and assistance of the county, state and our NBHA team. I am glad that we have begun building this, and I cannot wait to see this project completed.”

The building will be a “state of the art” complex with parking onsite for residents. A doctor’s office is on the premises.

“The concept of Meadow Hill has been years in the making, and we expect that it will be completed within two years,” Sanzari said in a statement. “I would like to thank Mayor Sacco along with all of our partners that have made this project possible. This building, when completed, will house section 8 seniors, senior veterans and disabled persons. It will be a state of the art housing authority complex that will be a great boost to our community.”

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