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Affordable Housing Plan Amendment Would Create Fair Lawn Senior Housing

A judge will determine whether Fair Lawn's amended Affordable Housing Plan meets Fair Housing Act standards.

A state superior court judge's decision next month in support of an affordable housing unit transfer agreement between two developers would pave the way for the creation of dedicated senior housing in Fair Lawn.

Judge Brian Martinotti will conduct a hearing on Sept. 11 at the Bergen County Justice Center in Hackensack to determine whether the borough's proposed amendment to its Affordable Housing Plan (attached as PDF) meets the necessary requirements set forth by the Fair Housing Act and the New Jersey Council on Affordable Housing.

Per the amended plan, the -- currently under construction along Route 208 in the industrial park -- would free itself from the obligation of building 38 affordable housing units by paying $1.5 million into the borough's Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

That money would then be disbursed as an eligible expense from the Trust Fund and put toward turning the former Hadco/KEM site, located at 18-35 River Road, into a 64-unit affordable age-restricted project.

The approximately 3.9-acre Hadco/KEM development, originally approved as 50 market rate units and 14 low-and-moderate income affordable housing units, would be developed as 100 percent senior housing by the Bergen County United Way, through the Fair Lawn Housing Non Profit Corporation in parternship with non-profit entities Madeline Partnership and the Penwal Corporation.

The proposed affordable housing unit swap in concert with 's earlier decision to reduce its development from 200 to 165 units -- losing seven affordable units in the process -- would increase the number of affordable units planned for the borough's three incoming developments from 92 units (40 at Landmark, 38 at Fair Lawn Promenade and 14 at Hadco/KEM) to 97 units (33 at Landmark and 64 at Hadco/KEM).

The September hearing on the plan will involve discussion on the total number of affordable housing units being constructed in the borough, the methodology by which the number of those units were derived, the contributions being made by the Fair Lawn Promenade in lieu of its obligation to construct affordable units and any other factors relevant to the borough meeting its affordable housing requirements.

Borough attorney Ron Mondello, who will make the borough's case before the judge, said he does not expect an adversarial proceeding.

"I think all of the stakeholders agree," Mondello said. "It’s a win-win for Fair Lawn and everyone involved."

The court-appointed special master, Stuart Koenig, who oversees the borough's compliance with its affordable housing obligation, will be releasing his report on the amended plan on Aug. 28.

"He supports the plan," Mondello said of the special master. "Now we just must see if the judge supports it."

Any objections to the amended affordable housing plan must be submitted in writing at least five days before the Sept. 11 hearing, which is scheduled for 10 a.m.

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LENNY August 23, 2012 at 07:46 PM
seinor homes in a prime area you never can go out and walk at night or is the money to move the bridge .
Joe Plumber August 24, 2012 at 03:53 AM
What a horrible idea. First age discrimination, then we are going to place "poor" people who on average have an immune system which isn't as strong as the general population on one of Fair Lawn's dirtiest brown fields. I wonder what the ambulance response times are in that part of town.....
Tony Dadika August 24, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Life is tough, I don't live in Saddle River because I can't afford to. I live in Fair Lawn because I can afford to. If I couldn't I would move elswhere. Let the market determinethe costs, not the guilt of living in a nice neighborhood. We attach "senior" to something and right away everyone is for it. P/S Fair Lawn is quite affordable and doesn't need any govt. help on this issue.
Deleted because of harassment August 25, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Gotta love how everything the Dems don't want ends up on this side of town. Lets put it east of Plaza road and see those voters turn out to complain. Meanwhile, those of us who live with traffic, an endless stream of oversized apartment complexes posing as retail on single-family lots, and now senior housing on a polluted industrial site might have something to say about this proposal.
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