“Age-restricted housing is the use du jour”

From the Express Times:

Board has concerns about condo plan

The planning board will hear tonight from a Monmouth County developer who wants to build 150 age-restricted condominiums near the intersection of town’s two busiest highways.

B.A.S. Development’s plan would create three three-story buildings on Mountain Avenue near Route 57. Town council in November granted the company’s request to allow age-restricted housing on the 12-acre commercially zoned site.

The complex would be the second age-restricted development in this part of town. The planning board last year gave approval for a Sussex County developer to build 124 age-restricted apartments nearby on Route 57.

Many municipal officials prefer age-restricted housing because it does not add to public education costs and older residents drive less, Mayor Michael Lavery said. He does not sit on the planning board.

“If commercial hasn’t gone there in 20 years, maybe it’s time to look at something else. Age-restricted housing is the use du jour,” he said.

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8 Responses to “Age-restricted housing is the use du jour”

  1. Metroplexual says:

    The designs include parking uderneath. I don’t get how an age restricted housing development could include stairs as the main way of accessing the building. I predict that these things may be difficult to sell.

  2. Metroplexual says:

    I mean the one on Mountain Avenue.

  3. Anon E. Moose says:

    Recent article about the over-55 developments in NJ showed the law of unintended consequences. Gov’t loved the idea and gave developers all kinds of tax breaks. Low cost! No kids! Sure, the empty nesters don’t have kids who need schools, etc. But they sell their old houses to people who do. School populations still rose together with the new developments, only there were now budget crunches because of the tax breaks. doH!

  4. Richie says:

    Yes, there’s no advantage to it. In my opinion, it’s discrimination.


  5. grim says:

    These things have a way of backfiring fantastically.

    School enrollments will surge because of this, there will be budget shortfalls.

    Politicians will be dumbfounded, wondering how this could have happened.


  6. Metroplexual says:


    Demographically, we are past the highest of enrollments from the baby boom echo. But you are probably right, that all those freed up houses will make a nice home for a young family.

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