The East Orange Housing Authority, which already owned and operated nearly 250 residential units in one of New Jersey’s most populated areas, required additional space to provide affordable housing to residents, as well as renovated office space for the Authority’s staff. After acquiring two properties adjacent to their existing office building, they retained DMR to complete a feasibility study to determine design options regarding additions, renovations or new construction on the land they owned.
DMR first completed the feasibility study, which determined new construction was the most feasible and efficient solution. DMR then continued with the programming and design of the new, 62,000 square foot, mixed-use building, which also accommodates offices for the East Orange Housing Authority, building manager and East Orange Art Council. The design included an 8,000 square foot community room, including a restroom and kitchen and 56 one-bedroom and six two-bedroom units over the top three floors.
Each floor includes a common utility for use by residences, including an internet room/library, a laundry room and a community lounge. The building design also includes passive outdoor space.