CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee convened on Wednesday afternoon for the purpose of discussing litigation in executive session regarding affordable housing and a lawsuit filed by residents in opposition of turning over the municipal building for the construction of 65 affordable housing units.

The public portion of the meeting lasted about 20 minutes before the executive session commenced.

Chatham Township Mayor Mike Kelly announced that the subject of affordable housing will be addressed at the 7:30 p.m. meeting scheduled for Thursday night, Jan. 30.

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Kelly noted that the township had received some information sought from appraisers and architects in regard to considering other sites for the affordable housing, and the cost of incorporating the police department into the municipal building.

"Our intent was to use these last six weeks as productively as we could," Kelly said. "We've gone out and hired an appraiser to give us the value on some of our buildings. We've dealt with architects to give us some production cost reports. And all of those reports were scheduled to come in before the end of this month, and, luckily, a couple of them are already in hand. But they're literally just came in the door. We are unable to talk about anything that they contain.

"So, we are moving forward. The public is anxious to hear some substance. That message has gotten across loud and clear that the public has asked for a more detailed response."

See Mayor Mike Kelly's remarks on affordable housing below