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Freeholders Help Celebrate Affordable Housing Project Groundbreaking

July 9, 2014
​Representatives from local, County, State and private community development partners, as well as guests, commemorated the groundbreaking of the Kilmer Homes project in Edison.  Some 120 units of new, affordable rental housing, including 30 permanent and supportive apartments for homeless persons will be developed on six acres of vacant land in the former Camp Kilmer military base.

“Out of our many duties, we realize that the most important is our duty to provide aid and resources to all County residents. We are in the process of creating more programs and locations to aid those in need,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “It is our hope that Kilmer Homes sets a precedent for Middlesex County and brings a sense of social consciousness to other areas.”

Pictured at the groundbreaking ceremony: (above, from left to right) Richard W. Brown, CEO of Monarch Housing Associates; Tom Eastman of Enterprise Community Investment; Mark McBride of TD Bank; Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios; Middlesex County Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti, Chair of the Community Services Committee; Maria T. Maio-Messano, Housing and Urban Development Newark Field Office Director; Carlos N. Sanchez, Chair of Edison Housing Authority; Commissioner Richard Constable, NJ Department of Community Affairs; Joe Alpert, President of the Alpert Group; Middlesex County Freeholder Charles E. Tomaro, Chair of the Infrastructure Management Committee; and Councilman Robert Karabinchak, Edison Township Council President. 

“The Board of Chosen Freeholders has two main goals in providing financial assistance towards the creation of Kilmer Homes: to continue to be advocates for needy families throughout Middlesex County, and to make the most of our many resources,” said Freeholder Blanquita B. Valenti, Chair of the Community Services Committee.  “We are aiming to help homeless and disadvantaged families adjust to a safer and higher standard of living.”

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