Morristown has been a desirable location for Homeless Solutions to create affordable housing because of proximity to public transportation, jobs, parks and other amenities.
29 Abbett Avenue
Our property at 29 Abbett Avenue in Morristown represents our first foray into foreclosure properties. In 2006, at the height of the real estate market, this run-down, two family house sold for $407,000. When the housing bubble burst, the house went into foreclosure. HSI moved quickly to continue our neighborhood revitalization efforts on Abbett Avenue. We acquired the site in 2010, started renovations in late 2011, and the two, fully renovated one-bedroom units were occupied in August 2012.
In keeping with HSI’s philosophy that “sustainable is affordable,” our renovation efforts focused on energy efficiency, lower operating costs, functionality, and safety. We changed obsolescent layouts, installed new stairs with compliant risers and treads, eliminated old knob and tube wiring, and made the building lead-free.
Our energy efficient and “green” features include:
- Spray foam insulation in walls, floors, and ceilings
- A condensing gas-fired boiler rated at 95% efficiency
- Roof mounted solar panels to supplement the hot water system
- Compact fluorescent lighting fixtures
- High efficiency bath and stove ventilating fans
- Water saving toilets, low flow shower heads and faucets
- Bamboo flooring
- Low VOC sealants and no-VOC paint
- Formaldehyde free cabinets and vanities.
34 Abbett Avenue
In January 2009 the Headquarters Development team completed the transformation of a dilapidated single-family home into a practically-new two-family home. Each unit has two bedrooms, is Energy Star rated and utilizes green building techniques and materials. It is up the street from our 12-unit Abbett Avenue Apartments, which was completed in 2008. The redesigned house and property have a lot of curb appeal, and the location is a fantastic example of “smart growth” and affordable housing.
It is walking distance to the train and bus stations, downtown Morristown (with job and retail opportunities), many churches, and a neighborhood park. Demographics indicate almost half of the rental households in the neighborhood pay over 30 percent of their income for housing so these affordable homes are helping to provide community stability.
The Abbett Avenue Apartments
The Abbett Avenue Apartments, located at 38-42 Abbett Avenue in Morristown, is a 12 apartment development of one, two, and three bedroom energy efficient apartments that house very low, low, and moderate income families. During construction, we utilized environmentally friendly materials, technologies and building systems. As Energy Star-rated homes, these apartments consume less water and energy, and the green materials create a healthier living environment for our tenants. In addition, residents can walk to bus and train transportation, Abbett Park, and downtown Morristown.
In June 2008, the Abbett Avenue Apartments received a Smart Growth Award in the affordable housing category from New Jersey Future, a statewide research, policy and education group that advocates for sustainable growth, environmental preservation, neighborhood revitalization and transportation choice. This project was recognized for its significant environmentally sustainable features, including:
- The development is an infill revitalization project that does not consume open space or contribute to sprawl.
- The site is in a New Jersey “Smart Growth” and Transit Village zone, supporting the State Development & Redevelopment Plan in the process.
- The site is within walking distance to jobs, shopping and amenities, and mass transit options (the Morristown train station and five different bus routes).
- The design of the buildings not only meets, but substantially exceeds, the Green Building requirements of New Jersey affordable housing government programs.
The apartments are Energy Star rated, with selected roofing, appliances, and high efficiency heating and cooling systems. Low VOC paints and caulks were used, bamboo flooring (formaldehyde free), linoleum (instead of vinyl), Hardi Plank cement board siding, and water-saving toilets, faucets and shower heads are among the other green features.
In 2009, the project received a Governor’s Conference Excellence in Housing Award for “Outstanding Affordable Housing Development.”
37 Harrison Avenue
This property is called “The Point” because of its position at the triangulated intersection of Harrison and Grant Streets in Morristown. Its prominent location and appearance make it a focal point of the street and an anchor of a working-class neighborhood that was hit by short sales and foreclosures.
The project consists of four one-bedroom apartments targeting income-eligible households emerging from or avoiding homelessness. Our grand opening was in January of 2010, and all of our initial tenants came from Morristown.
In keeping with HSI’s philosophy that “sustainable is affordable,” our renovation efforts focused on energy efficiency, lower operating costs, functionality and safety. We changed obsolescent layouts, installed new stairs with compliant risers and treads, eliminated old knob and tube wiring, made major upgrades to the foundation, and made the building lead-free.
Our energy efficiency and “green” features include:
- Spray foam insulation in walls, floors and ceilings.
- A condensing gas-fired boiler rated at 95% efficiency.
- Two roof-mounted solar panels to supplement the hot water system.
- Compact fluorescent lighting fixtures.
- High efficiency bath and stove ventilating fans.
- Water saving toilets, low flow shower heads and faucets.
- Bamboo flooring.
- Low VOC sealants and no-VOC paint.
- Formaldehyde free cabinets and vanities.
Tenant Income Information
Household income must qualify at 40% of Area Median Income for one bedroom households.
The total household annual income for incoming tenants falls between $12,000 and $24,000.
Each household will pay 30% of their adjusted household income in rent.
81 Martin Luther King Avenue
HSI’s development at 81 Martin Luther King Avenue in Morristown includes six, environmentally friendly apartments for low income households to avoid or emerge from homelessness. The apartments incorporate many “green” features to provide a healthier living environment and to reduce utility expenses for HSI and the tenants. These include:
- high-efficiency fiberglass windows
- insulated concrete forms
- low-flow water fixtures and toilets
- photovoltaics and solar hot water
- Energy Star rated appliances
- Hardi Plank siding
- bamboo or linoleum flooring
- low VOC or no VOC paints and sealants
- formaldehyde-free countertops, cabinets, and vanities
Additionally, the property is around the corner from a park, near a bus stop, and in walking distance to downtown Morristown.
Check out this brief video of our ribbon cutting ceremony on May 2 from morristowngreen.com – it’s a great perspective! Also, visit our photo gallery.
16 Morton Street
In 2007, HSI purchased this existing two-family home. Minor renovations and cosmetic improvements have resulted in two welcoming one-bedroom apartments. Both of the tenants who have occupied our units are long-time Morristown residents.