Mt. Laurel Housing Gets Early Ok

Posted: June 25, 1988

The Mount Laurel Planning Board has approved preliminary plans for two housing developments totaling 1,241 units that could be built next year, partially satisfying the state Supreme Court's mandate for housing for low- income and moderate-income residents.

According to the 1983 court decision, Mount Laurel must provide its "fair share" of the housing, and developers are required to include this housing in their residential building plans.

Orleans Builders & Developers of Philadelphia plans to build a total of 854 units - 204 single-family houses, 154 townhouses and 496 garden condominiums - off Elbo Lane, west of its intersection with Union Mill Road. The Ravick Corp. of Cherry Hill wants to construct 387 units off Union Mill Road as well.

Charles Ansert, regional vice president for Orleans, yesterday said that the planning board's approval Thursday night was only the beginning of a lengthy process, but that it is a start. The developers must submit a more detailed proposal to the planning board for approval. If the new plans are passed, they must then be approved by the state.

Ansert said he hopes to build a total of 854 units across the 110-acre site and an adjacent 67-acre tract, with 77 of those units priced for moderate- income and low-income families. Originally, Orleans planned to build 770 units, 77 of them set aside for low-income and moderate-income families.

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