ATLANTIC CITY, NJ, December 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Today, the Atlantic City Housing Authority (ACHA) and The Michaels Organization launched a major rehabilitation effort for Buzby Homes, the community of 126 affordable housing units that is remained largely intact since its construction in 1952. The Board of Commissioners of the Atlantic City Housing Authority, including Vice President Dr. La’Quetta Small, Treasurer Stephanie Marshall, Assistant Treasurer Eli Gbayee, Commissioner Jesse Kurtz, Commissioner Patricia Tweedle, Commissioner Mauro Sandoval and Commissioner Geoff Dorsey, joined Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr., MP-elect Don Guardian, MP-elect Claire Swift, members of Atlantic City Council City, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, The Michaels Organization, and neighborhood residents to officially start the rebuild.
Plans for Buzby’s new homes include new designs for durability and flood resistance, as well as employment opportunities for Buzby and surrounding residents. Buzby’s current management staff will be rehired when the $ 15.4 million project is completed, which is expected to be in March 2023.
âToday is a big day for the residents of Buzby Homes,â said Mayor Marty Small Sr. âOver the past few decades, Buzby Homes has fallen into disrepair, with serious issues that can no longer be resolved. with a bandage. This project is a big step forward in strengthening our city, and we commend the Atlantic City Housing Authority and The Michaels Organization not only for renovating Buzby Homes with the comfort of residents in mind, but for ensuring that renovations are built to withstand the unique coastal weather challenges we face. “
âWe are very proud to be working with The Michaels Organization to develop modern and environmentally friendly affordable housing for the residents of Buzby,â said Denise Gordy, ACHA Interim Executive Director. “Too often communities like these were originally built without a resilience plan in place to mitigate changes in the natural environment. But by the time our work here is completed, Buzby will be ready to weather the storms. literal and figurative to which Atlantic City has become a face. “
When complete, Buzby will be one of the most energy efficient and resilient communities in the city. In particular, the community hall will feature many resilience upgrades, including solar panels, an emergency generator, a drinking water storage tank and energy efficient appliances. The plans were developed by SOSH Architects and Urban Practice, and the engineers on site will be Arthur W. Ponzio Co. & Associates and RPM Engineering.
âThe Michaels Organization built our very first affordable housing community in Atlantic City almost 50 years ago, and we still help manage it and many others across the city today,â said Nick Cangelosi, vice -President of Michaels Development. Michaels plays the game for the long haul. Once we invest in a project – and in people – we see it all through and are committed to helping find success in the short and long term. And now we look forward to helping Buzby succeed and in sustaining his transformation.
âWe are thrilled to be a part of this 126 affordable family unit restoration project in Atlantic City,â said NJHMFA Executive Director Melanie R. Walter. âAs the majority of tenants in Atlantic City and the surrounding metropolitan area are overburdened with housing, building and supporting affordable housing is critical to the full revitalization of Atlantic City. As the city continues to redevelop, the NJHMFA looks forward to supporting the development of new affordable housing. opportunities in the community. “
Michaels has met with residents several times this year to get feedback on the homes’ new interior finishes, which will include granite countertops, an in-unit laundry room, upgraded wood-colored vinyl plank flooring, Ceramic tile floors for the bathrooms, covered porches, a new single bedroom controlling heating and air conditioning systems, as well as lighting and energy efficient appliances. A renovated community center will also include commercial washing machines, new flooring, lighting, restrooms and a playroom. There will also be four fully accessible apartments added to the site, for a total of six ADA apartments.
âI have lived in Buzby Homes for 28 years now and have personally witnessed its decline,â said Rose Alicea, a longtime resident of Buzby Homes. âBut it has been great to work closely with ACHA and Michaels on the rehabilitation plans, and we are all excited to see them come to fruition. We can’t wait to move in! ”
Developing affordable housing can often be a challenge, given funding and many other regulatory constraints. But Atlantic City also faces unique challenges with its oceanfront location and rising sea level, and several affordable housing sites scattered across the city are still in desperate need of upgrades – perhaps. -be more particularly Stanley Homes on Adriatic Avenue. In fact, Stanley Homes is the oldest affordable housing community in the state of New Jersey. However, the Michaels organization recently received a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Planning Grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to help turn Stanley around – so be sure to stay tuned for updates. day on this exciting business in the future.
About the Michaels organization
The Michaels Organization is a national leader in residential real estate, providing full service capabilities in development, property management, construction and investment management. Serving more than 175,000 residents in more than 440 communities across 37 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Michaels is committed to designing housing solutions that stimulate education, civic engagement and neighborhood prosperity and creating communities that improve life.
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Image 1: Buzby House Rehabilitation Render An artist rendering of the appearance of the Buzby Houses after a major rehabilitation and preservation effort. Image 2: Groundbreaking ceremony for Buzby Dignitaries and residents of Atlantic City participate in groundbreaking ceremony for Buzby Homes
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Buzby home rehabilitation rendering
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