Jersey City, HUD officials cut the ribbon on Mill Creek Gardens housing project

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Officials from Jersey City and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development cut the ribbon on the Mill Creek Gardens, formerly the Montgomery Gardens, affordable housing project yesterday.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“We are thrilled to offer 121 new, modern affordable housing units to Jersey City residents,” Jersey City Housing Authority Executive Director Vivian Brady-Phillips said in a statement.

“We are most grateful for the support of our residents as we go through the process of preserving and revitalizing the City’s public housing. Every day we strive to accomplish our mission of offering residents safe, affordable and welcoming homes that comprise vibrant communities.”

The 126-unit building is technically a mixed-income facility, though 121 units are reserved for affordable housing.

Located at 577 Montgomery St., the former Montgomery Gardens site was comprised of 6 high-rise elevator buildings consisting of 440 residential family designated units before the buildings were demolished.

“Jersey City is developing rapidly. To see the rebirth of the distressed Montgomery Gardens site and its beautiful new construction that will serve as the new home to dozens of low income Jersey City families is the reason why HUD exists,” added HUD Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey Lynne Patton.

“It’s an honor to contribute $20 million in HUD federal funding, plus HUD federal subsidies and tax credits to this community-driven transformation. I look forward to participating in the next steps that will complete this Jersey City community.”

Mayor Steven Fulop added that the project has been a priority since the Catherine Todd Senior Living Center, which consists of 70 affording housing units, opened in 2017.