WEST ORANGE, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA) recently awarded Low-Income Housing Tax Credits for the West Orange Senior Housing redevelopment project.

According to Joseph Fagan, communications director for the Township of West Orange, the Alpert Group, LLC, the developer for the project, was informed of the approval for the tax credits on Dec. 19.

“The township is extremely appreciative of the approval from both New Jersey State agencies for this exciting project,” said Mayor Robert Parisi. “It demonstrates the ongoing concern and commitment for our seniors in a way that will benefit the entire community well into the future.”

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The developer will construct 64 new senior, affordable apartment units adjacent to the newer portion of the existing West Orange Public Library (WOPL) site at 46 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, according to Fagan.

The older portion will be demolished, and the library will be relocated to 10 Rooney Circle in West Orange as part of the redevelopment project with no disruption of services. The approximately 7500-square-foot project, which will house an auxiliary library on site, is expected to take 12 months to complete.

Overall, residents ages 62 and older will occupy 61 single bedroom and three double-bedroom units.

According to the township, papers of incorporation creating the WOPL were signed on Jan. 24, 1951; the current WOPL building was constructed in 1959; and the most recent addition to the original structure was added in 1979.