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Nonprofit seeks state funding for Millstone affordable housing

MILLSTONE – Municipal officials in Millstone Township are supporting a nonprofit corporation’s application seeking state funding for a residential development that will provide 10 affordable, age-restricted housing units in the community.

On Oct. 21, Township Committee members passed a resolution in support of a trust fund application from the Affordable Housing Alliance (AHA), Neptune. The AHA is a nonprofit corporation that works with municipalities in several New Jersey counties to assist with affordable housing compliance.

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

Millstone Township, like other municipalities in the state, is mandated to provide affordable housing within its borders.

AHA has submitted the application to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey Affordable Housing Trust Fund Program, for the development of Allen House II at 471 Stagecoach Road.

Municipal officials have said Allen House II will consist of two one-story buildings. There will be 10 one-bedroom apartments and the units will be for individuals age 62 and over.

Five apartments will be designated for low-income tenants and five apartments will be designated for moderate-income tenants. No more than two people may live in an apartment.

As stated in the committee’s resolution, township officials are in support of AHA receiving state funding because they have determined the housing project will help Millstone meet part of its affordable housing obligation.

The lot where Allen House II will be constructed was purchased by Millstone Township officials with a $150,000 bond ordinance in 2016 and conveyed to AHA in 2019. The two new buildings will be constructed near Allen House, 475 Stagecoach Road, which also has 10 affordable housing apartments for seniors.

The residences are near the Millstone Community Center in the Clarksburg section of the municipality.

In other business, committee members appointed James Wishbow to serve as the township’s temporary building inspector. According to a resolution, the position will pay $37 per hour (maximum of 17 hours per week).

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