(L-R): Anthony Marchetta, Executive Director, NJ Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA), NJ Assemblyman Troy Singleton, Florence Township Mayor Craig Wilkie, Matt Reilly, President & CEO, MEND, Charles Lewis, Senior Vice President, Conifer Realty, LLC, Sam Leone, Vice President, Conifer Realty, LLC. - See more at: http://philadelphia.citybizlist.com/article/mend-and-conifer-realty-hold-groundbreaking-senior-housing-community#sthash.BS0MMSDY.dpuf
Florence Township has been working with Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood Development (MEND) and they were recently awarded tax credits by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA). By the spring of 2015, MEND will fully convert the Duffy school into a 53-unit development for affordable senior living. As part of the overall conversion, MEND will add a three-story housing addition to compliment the site. The building and addition will be ready for occupancy by mid to late spring 2015.
According to Mayor Craig Wilkie, “this senior affordable housing project preserves a part of the history and fabric of Florence Township.” There was once a time when the Marcella L. Duffy School was used to educate children and now it will be preserved for people who need senior housing. Florence Township commends MEND and its partner, Conifer for its diligence and commitment to this very worthwhile community project.