Harrison’s council leads the way in building affordable housing
Harrison City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the city’s housing and fair sharing element plan to spend more than $ 6.4 million to acquire and reallocate several properties on Harrison Avenue to build affordable housing.
The funds came from the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund, money raised from non-residential commercial buildings dedicated to affordable housing projects.
The amendment, which relates to a 2019 settlement between the city and the Fair Share Housing Center (FSHC), was needed, FSHC spokesman Anthony Campisi said. It was approved during the municipal council on June 15.
In order for Harrison to use his trust fund to build new affordable units, the plan must be approved by the court and the 2019 settlement, which detailed an earlier affordable housing project, had to be amended.
The 25 to 40 housing units to be built are family rental housing with no age restriction dedicated to very low, low and middle income households. Development is planned for 701-707, 709-711, 713, 715 and 717-719 Harrison Ave., lots between South Seventh Street and Manor Avenue which are “parking lots” that do not require remediation.
According to the proposed schedule, construction of the properties would begin in the spring of 2023 and be completed by January 2024.
James A. Fife, Mayor of Harrison, is optimistic about the new plan.
“We are delighted and eager to help some people. It is something that everyone is looking forward to.
Campisi said the Fair Share Housing Center has been working with the city on the amendment and shares Fife’s enthusiasm.
“We are truly delighted that the Town of Harrison is seeking additional opportunities for working families,” he said, noting that Harrison is to be commended for making the town a more inclusive space for all, regardless their economic status.
Details of the amendment can be found on Harrison’s website.