41 Hillside Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081
Freeman Apartments is New Jersey Connect’s inaugural project and was completed in 2001. It was co-sponsored by Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and supported by the Township of Springfield, who made available the 38,000 square-foot parcel of land on which Freeman Apartments was constructed. When Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation was acquired by Select Medical Corporation in 2003, Kessler Foundation continued the partnership with NJC.
Capital funding was provided by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of a Section 811 grant ($1,171,200) and additionally by the County of Union through its HOME Investment Partnerships Program ($546,700). The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, through its Neighborhood Development Initiative Fund, provided a zero interest pre-development loan. NJC received a $40,000 State Legislative grant for capital enhancements and the County of Union Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs awarded a $3,500 grant to commission original artwork for the building.
Freeman Apartments is a residence for people of low and moderate income, 18 years of age or older, with a permanent physical disability. Freeman Apartments is a 14-unit, two-story apartment building with an elevator and community room. All units are fully accessible for individuals with mobility impairments and have numerous accessibility features incorporated into their design, including 36-inch- wide doorways, roll-in showers, grab bars and lower pantries in the kitchen. Kitchens are also equipped with side-by-side refrigerators and range tops with front-mounted controls. Apartments have extra square footage to accommodate wheelchairs. Safety features include a sprinkler system throughout the building and a door in each unit that leads outside to either a patio or balcony. The tenants provide their own independent living plan. A part-time superintendent lives in one of the apartments. Freeman Apartments offers a preference for applicants who require barrier-free accommodations and reside in Union County. Freeman Apartments is conveniently located near Barnes and Noble and other major retailers.
In 2002, the New Jersey Planning Officials’ Association recognized Freeman Apartments with its achievement award for Good Design and Enhancing Quality of Life.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development showcased Freeman Apartments as one of five most excellent in the nation in 2003.
If you are interested in placing your name on the waiting list for Freeman Apartments or The Apartments at St. Elizabeth’s, contact Marzulli Real Estate, 973-743-2300.
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