CAMDEN, NJ — The $120 million Camden T. Branch Village Redevelopment is closer to the finish line, as officials broke ground on the fourth and final phase of the project Wednesday morning. 

In the latest phase, Branch Village — located in the city’s Centerville neighborhood — will receive 58 new units for seniors who earn 60% or less of the area median income.

The first phase of the project was completed in January 2018.

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When done, the Branches of Centerville will offer over 250 new homes for Camden families and seniors. A clubhouse (with a commercial kitchen and dining space), a medical clinic, a rain garden and “abundant” green space are also part of the build-out.

“After much diligent preparation and collaboration among our many partners, Camden is proud to begin the fourth and final phase of the Clement T. Branch Village,” said Camden Mayor Frank Moran. “These homes will be beautiful and available at an affordable price for Camden residents who need them, helping us to further spread prosperity throughout our city. I can’t thank our dedicated partners enough — their commitment and sheer tenacity in helping Camden achieve its goals never cease to amaze me.”

The Michaels Organization, The Housing Authority of the City of Camden (HACC), Centerville residents, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), were joined by Moran, Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, State Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez, as well as Representatives from U.S. Congressman Donald Norcross’ office to celebrate the groundbreaking.

“Camden has been advancing in leaps and bounds in all sectors, not the least of which is affordable housing,” said Rodriquez said. “By improving the quality and affordability of the city’s housing stock, we’re improving the quality of life for the people of our great city, and I’m incredibly proud to be here today to celebrate this exciting new development.”

In 2016, Camden’s housing authority received a grant for $13.2 million from HUD for Branch Village.

The CHOICE Neighborhoods Implementation Grant “focuses on three core priorities: housing, people, and neighborhoods.”

“HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods and Rental Assistance Demonstration programs have contributed significantly to Camden’s unprecedented rise -- replacing dilapidated public & multifamily housing with thriving & connected neighborhoods that will improve the quality of life for all area residents,” said Lynne Patton, HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey. “I look forward to the completion of this final phase of construction and to witnessing a new era for Centerville.”

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