Plan for 10-unit affordable development to come before Millstone board

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MILLSTONE – A proposed development in Millstone Township that will provide 10 affordable housing units for senior citizens is scheduled to be heard by the Millstone Township Planning Board on Nov. 13.

Municipal officials are seeking a variance and preliminary and final site plan approval from the board to construct Allen House II at 471 Stagecoach Road.

The hearing is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the municipal court building, 215 Millstone Road.

The construction of Allen House II will help Millstone meet its state mandated obligation to provide opportunities for the development of affordable housing in the community.

Affordable housing is defined as housing that is sold or rented at below market rates to individuals and families whose income meets certain guidelines.

According to the township’s application, Allen House II will consist of two one-story buildings. There will be a total of 10 one-bedroom apartments and the units will be age-restricted for senior citizens.

The two buildings will be constructed on a 2.5-acre lot. Existing structures on the property will be demolished. One building will have three apartments and a mechanical room and the second building will have seven apartments and a community laundry room. There will be 18 parking spaces at Allen House II, according to the plans.

Variance relief is being sought because the project’s building setback is 40.37 feet and the minimum requirement is 75 feet, according to the application.

The lot where Allen House II is proposed to be constructed was purchased by municipal officials with a $150,000 bond ordinance in 2016. If Allen House II is approved by the Planning Board, it will be built near Allen House, which has 10 affordable housing units for seniors.

Allen House and Allen House II are near the Millstone Community Center in the Clarksburg section of the municipality.

In August, the Township Committee authorized the conveyance of the proposed lot for Allen House II to the Affordable Housing Alliance (AHA), Neptune.

The AHA is a nonprofit corporation that works with municipalities to assist with affordable housing compliance. AHA has previously assisted Millstone Township with other affordable housing developments, including the first Allen House.