Norristown, PA – Residents Turn Out to Oppose Sandy Street Development

Over two dozen Norristown residents, most from the 700 block of Sandy Street, turned out to last night’s Norristown Design Review Board (NDRB) meeting to voice opposition to a New Jersey-based company’s plan to build an apartment complex in their neighborhood.

The plan calls for a seven-building complex, currently being referred to as the “Schuylkill Overlook,” with a total of 49 units on a 3.4-acre, sloping piece of land at 772 Sandy St. between Tremont Cemetery, Main Street and residents to the east. The Ingerman Group, the company proposing the development, would finance the $12.3 million project through a low income housing tax credit program administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). The PHFA program requires that a portion of the housing be made available to low-income individuals. Ingerman would also take over management of the apartment complex.

According to John Randolph, a representative of the company, the project is intended for “workforce” individuals, which he defined as “people who make between $24,000 and $54,000 a year.” Proposed rent for the two- and three-bedroom units in the complex would range from $717 to $1,018 a month.

But that “workforce” term was a contentious one, as were several elements of the design plan outlined for the NDRB. Several residents attending the meeting equated “workforce” housing to Section 8 housing.

Read remainder of the story at the Norristown Patch

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About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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