BERNARDS TWP., NJ - At its next meeting in July, the Bernards Township Committee is expecting to further discuss a proposal to build 94 units of assisted living housing for senior citizens on 9.66 acres off Mount Airy Road. Public comments on the plan would also be accepted at that time.

Township Mayor John Carpenter said he doesn't know if the developer planning the project will be present, but said the Township Committee is hoping to talk more about the plan, which was presented in concept at a Township Committee meeting in May.

The final agenda for the upcoming July 10 Township Committee will be posted a few days beforehand on the township website.

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In May, township committee members said there were many questions remaining to be answered before they would consider support for the project.

A submitted conceptual plan for 94 units of senior citizen housing _ including 67 units of assisted living housing and 27 units for residents who need memory care _ was already posted on a link through the agenda for the May meeting. 

The proposal from LCB Senior Living of Massachusetts calls for 10 percent of the housing units to be set aside for lower-income residents, which would help satisfy the township's state-ordered affordable housing obligation.

In correspondence to the township, LCB Senior Living said it is under contract to buy the property, which is located off Old Meeker Road approximately across Mount Airy Road from the Visiting Nurse Association. Building the multi-unit residential facility would require a zoning change, the correspondence noted.

Such a project would be "tax positive" for the township, "and there is a need," Carpenter said in May.

However, Township Committeewoman Carol Bianchi said then she would like to know more about the proposal but also cautioned, "They would need to give us a lot of information." She said she would have questions about such issues as what impact the project would have on local emergency services.