March 6, 2014 |
TRENTON A housing advocacy group is set to ask a state appellate court Wednesday to direct a special authority to produce new rules governing affordable housing, after Gov. Christie's administration failed to meet a Supreme Court-ordered deadline to complete the task. Administration officials last week requested an extension from the Supreme Court, which in September ordered the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) to rewrite rules for determining how many homes municipalities must provide for lower-income residents.
December 26, 2013 |
Jason R. Nathan, 84, a government official who oversaw the construction of public housing projects throughout the Northeastern United States during the 1960s, but also went out of his way to fund Society Hill's colonial-style lamp posts and brick sidewalks, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, of heart failure at a Haverford nursing home. Mr. Nathan, who spent most of his adult life in Philadelphia, was running the mid-Atlantic office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the period when cities across the country were clear-cutting old neighborhoods and replacing them with cookie-cutter housing towers.
December 26, 2013 |
PHOENIXVILLE Joseph Anthony "JoJo" Cusumano had been crossing off the days until Christmas on his calendar. "There's no more days left," the 4-year-old announced as he rearranged the couple of gifts already under the tree in the living room Tuesday morning. His mother, Diane Rhoads, looked over at the nearly 7-foot-tall Christmas tree, every inch of which was decorated with tinsel, candy canes, and ornaments, some of them handmade. "This is the first actual Christmas tree we've been able to have in a long time," she said.
December 18, 2013 |
TRENTON The state agency ordered by the New Jersey Supreme Court to write rules governing the creation of affordable housing has not met since the order or taken any steps to comply, according to a legal motion filed by housing advocates. The Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) has responded to the Supreme Court order with "outright defiance," according to the motion filed by Fair Share Housing Center, a nonprofit based in Cherry Hill. The council has not met since the court's decision was issued Sept.
November 14, 2013 |
More than a year after three feet of water deluged her home in the Merion Park section of Ocean City, N.J., during Sandy, year-round resident Kathleen Givens is still living in a borrowed house. Tiny payouts from private flood and homeowners insurance policies have finally begun to trickle in, but none of it is enough to pay the $60,000 it will cost to lift her Cape May County house onto pilings now required if she is ever to obtain insurance again, or pay the close to $200,000 it will cost to repair the storm-ravaged structure.
November 12, 2013 |
People who stroll through Chinatown on Saturday nights bathe in the lights of intriguing new restaurants, hip tea shops, and stylish lounges. But moving beneath that shiny exterior, as strong and powerful as an underground river, is a torrent of forces that threaten the neighborhood's very existence. An influx of luxury housing, rising rents and land values, a soaring white population, and slipping Asian population could mean the end of Chinatown's 140-year role as a gateway for immigrants and a regional hub for culture and family.
September 28, 2013 |
TRENTON - In a narrow ruling, the New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the state to rewrite its rules on how many homes municipalities must provide for lower-income residents, striking down provisions that opponents said allowed wealthy towns to avoid building affordable housing. The long-awaited decision is the latest in a string of rulings in the landmark Mount Laurel case, which dates to the 1970s. The case is considered one of the most important civil rights decisions of modern times.
August 31, 2013 |
In a new twist in the aftermath of the Woodcrest Country Club bankruptcy, the Fair Share Housing Center is taking the state to court, seeking to allow development of affordable housing on the Cherry Hill golf course. The center filed a notice of appeal Wednesday, arguing that state environmental officials were wrong to exclude the property from a sewer-service plan, hindering development of affordable housing. The action drew the fury of Camden County Freeholder Jeff Nash, who during the club's bankruptcy proceedings had vowed to preserve the 178-acre course as open space.
August 26, 2013 |
CALLING FOR "equitable development," a Point Breeze group is planning a march today in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington. But the march through Point Breeze will also be a demonstration about local issues that organizers say hearken back to the values celebrated in the March on Washington. It will also target Mayor Nutter and Gov. Corbett's policies, along with local high-profile developer Ori Feibush, the owner of OCF Realty and a longtime controversial figure in the gentrifying neighborhood.
August 12, 2013 |
Over bowls of creamy clam chowder at her sister's restaurant, the Robin's Nest, Audrey Winzinger sits across from Kent Pipes as the two ponder their next move in Mount Holly neighborhood-building. Whatever they come up with for moving Mill Race Village past its present frontiers, it is bound to generate controversy. "Some people don't like me," said Pipes, a former Presbyterian minister and a veteran developer of affordable housing, "and some people don't like Audrey. "And others don't like either of us," said Pipes, drawing a laugh from Winzinger, whose family has spent 25 years assembling a portfolio of historic buildings at the edge of downtown as living/work space.