Is it an office building or apartment complex? That is one question that the Planning Board might want to ask officials of Mt. Olive Baptist Church today. The church is proposing changes to its proposed Mr. Olive Senior Manor complex less than a year after gaining City approvals.
The senior housing project is proposed south of the church located at 703 E. Delavan Avenue. Efforts to obtain State funding through the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (HCR) fell short after the project costs were deemed excessive. The church is seeking a one-year extension of its site plan approval and also Planning Board approval for façade changes in order to reduce the $24 million project cost.
From the project application:
The project did not receive HCR funding last round, and we are working on the re-submission package for the Winter 2022 round that is due March 31st. The project did not pass the HCR Eligibility Review because it was deemed too expensive. As part of our resubmission, we have value engineered the exterior of the building. In doing so, the exterior brick was reduced to 2/3’s the original height and the exterior patio/balcony on each unit was eliminated.
The three-story building will include 65 units of affordable senior and supportive housing for individuals over the age of 55. People Inc. would provide supportive services to residents of supportive units to support their housing stability. Mt. Olive is working with Silvestri Architects and Creative Structures Services on the project.