WEST CALDWELL, NJ - Mental Health Association of Essex County Executive Director Robert Davison joined with area officials last week to officially open the Drill Apartments; a supportive, residential housing complex for people dealing with mental illness in Montclair. On hand for the Nov. 8 ribbon cutting were Assemblyman Thomas P. Giblin, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr., the association’s Board of Directors President Joseph Gervasi and other representatives from the mental health community.
"Individuals with mental illness are valued members of society," Davison commented. "They are our neighbors, our friends, our employees and our family. That’s what the Drill Apartments are all about, working with people to help them make the most of their life.”
The association purchased property at 354 Orange Road in Montclair and developed two two-story buildings with six rental units in each building, all of which are handicapped accessible. Essex County contributed $850,000 in HOME funds to the project which cost a total of about $3.3 million. The construction took about 16 months to complete.
From Left, Top Step: Mental Health Association Board of Directors President Joseph Gervasi, former MHA board member Sheila Drill, Assemblyman Thomas Giblin,
Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. and MHA board member Larry Drill
Next Step: MHA Associate Executive Director Nadine Venezia and Executive Director Robert Davison Bottom Steps: Project architect Julie Anne Cecere, MHA Director of Supportive Living Services Ross Croessmann and Ken Norton from Norcon Development
Credit: Glen Frieson