2018-07-04 / Columns

Join us as we proudly break ground July 10 at The Commons

Federation President

On Tuesday, July 10, the Jewish Federation will break ground on The Commons, our new affordable housing for older adults age 55 and over and adults age 21 and over who have special needs. This is an exciting time for Federation and its family of agencies. This project has been a longtime dream for many in our community, and we are thrilled to finally be breaking ground on this cutting-edge development.

A project of this magnitude takes years to complete. When we originally purchased the land at 1721 Springdale Road, we had only visions of this day. During the last two years, we have worked tirelessly with the township for the various permits and approvals needed for a project of this magnitude and have also applied for the tax credits that made the project financially possible.

We have gotten to know our developer, Pennrose Development, LLC, very well during this lengthy process. They have guided us through sewer and HVAC decisions, building designs, and variance applications. We are now well versed in all things “construction.”

The Commons will provide a high-quality, safe, and affordable housing option—one that is much-needed in our tri-county area—for senior adults over 55, and adults over 21 with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, to live independently, with dignity, and to also have abundant social opportunities. Much of the affordable housing that is currently available is not easily accessible for those who are older or who have physical disabilities. We at Federation learned of the need as a result of our last population study and we have responded.

The Commons will be independent living at its finest. Our groundbreaking on July 10 will kick off construction of Phase I, a new residential building with 80 one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as a new community building for additional onsite programming.

First floor residents, those with special needs, will experience the best of both worlds: Privacy and communal living in quad-style units. One-bedroom garden-style apartments will include a private kitchen, bath, and living room that opens up to shared common area for small group cooking, dining, and entertainment. Second- and third-floor residents, adults over 55, will enjoy fully private, one-and two-bedroom apartments.

Each apartment will have Energy Star light fixtures and appliances, individually controlled heating and cooling, luxury vinyl plank flooring in the living area, carpeted bedrooms, laminate kitchen countertops, and cultured marble bathroom countertops.

An onsite service coordinator will provide wraparound services to help residents maintain an independent lifestyle. The coordinator will help residents access support services, social and recreational activities, and health and wellness programs through the Jewish Federation family of agencies. Our JFCS has worked tirelessly with Pennrose, and without the enthusiastic support and help from our agencies, none of this would be possible.

This type of housing has been a lifelong dream for many in our community, and we are excited to be taking the next step in making it a reality. The community is invited to attend our groundbreaking ceremony and celebrate the occasion with us!

So join us on Tuesday, July 10 at 11 a.m., at 1721 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill.

For more info, contact Dawn Stern at dstern@jfedsnj.org. 


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