Tucker’s Walk Veterans and Affordable Housing to Start Construction

By Pat Johnson | Dec 11, 2019
Photo by: Pat Johnson

Tuckerton, NJ — The Tuckerton Borough Land Use Board has given OCEAN Inc. permission to begin the first stage of its Tucker’s Walk affordable housing project. OCEAN Inc. professionals were at the Nov. 14 land use board meeting to ask to be able to complete the project: 24 units of micro-housing duplexes in phases.

The first phase will consist of clearing the site, installing water and sewer and electric utilities underground ,and hooking up the water and sewer to the Yellowbrook development’s utilities on Wood Street, which will improve water pressure to that end of town. The site, located at 375 East Main St., was the location of the former RCA building, now demolished, and a former site of Tuckerton’s 19th-century bicycle race track.

This first phase must be completed within a year; then OCEAN Inc. has three years to complete the housing. According to land use board member and borough Councilman Keith Vreeland, the nonprofit has had some difficulties raising the funds to finish the project and so asked for it to be completed in phases. It was originally before the board in 2017.

The 24 units of micro-housing will consist of 16 attached duplexes with one- and two-bedroom apartments. The inside dimensions for the one bedroom is 750 square feet, the two-bedroom 950 square feet. The buildings will be 35 feet high, or 2½ stories. The affordable units are to be reserved for homeless veterans (and that can mean those living with family), the disabled and people with special needs, including seniors. All of the units could be available to veterans, but at least 10 are reserved for them.

A community center and an aerated pond with mosquito-eating fish will complete the recreation facilities. All the units will have their own washer and dryer. These are rental units, and OCEAN Inc. will be the manager.  —P.J.

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