Port Monmouth, NJ
Five years since Hurricane Sandy, the storm’s damage is still visible in New Jersey coastal towns. Not so at Bayshore Village in Middletown, an affordable seniors housing community where Community Investment Strategies, Inc. (CIS) has reconstructed the entire development to meet a higher standard in the industry: Resiliency.
Located less than a mile from Sandy Hook Bay, the twelve-acre site had 48 of its 96 apartment homes evacuated during the Storm as the site began to flood. Post-Sandy, CIS sought to rebuild, replace, and restore the property so residents could return home. CIS participated in Enterprise Community Partners’ three-year Learning Collaborative for Multifamily Housing Resilience program. BartonPartners urban design, architecture, interiors provided land development planning and architectural design assistance for the project.
The old Bayshore Village is now replaced by a resilient 110-unit structure built on a raised site that wicks floodwaters away. Utilities and mechanical systems now sit above the floodplain, and overflow water is contained. A blend of current best practices in affordable senior housing, with current amenities such as a community room and fitness room, in conjunction with other education, guided peer exchanges, and best practices to infuse resiliency into the property, were infused into the project. The Community Room doubles as an emergency refuge, with new heating, air conditioning, and a full bathroom with a shower. Residents have been carefully instructed in preparedness and actions in the event of a storm or power outage.
CIS financed the $31.4 million development with tax-exempt bonds, special grants, and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. Overall, the project meets the post-storm needs of today’s seniors with an integrated approach to ensure resiliency is a part of its future for years to come.