Fall 2019 Conference Recap
October 10, 2019
New Jersey Governor's Conference on Housing and Economic Development
The annual New Jersey housing conference was held in Atlantic City, September 16-17. During the conference, the Governor's Excellence in Housing and Economic Development Awards were announced. These awards recognize projects and professionals that are on the cutting edge of innovation in the fields of affordable housing and economic development.
The Leading Housing Development Award was presented to Hudson Ridge Residences at Aberdeen, Monmouth County (pictured below, left). Our partners RPM Development Group and Inglese Architecture + Engineering; received the award along with their development team, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Township of Aberdeen. The 145-unit affordable housing project provides family and senior apartments to residents.
The Leading Supportive Housing Development Award was received by the Camp Salute project team which includes our partner Conifer Realty (pictured below, right). People for People Foundation of Gloucester County, Inc., Housing Authority of Gloucester County, The Home Depot Foundation of New Jersey Metro Region, Kitchen & Associates, and the Borough of Clayton were also part of the team for this 76-unit affordable housing project. Camp Salute has 19 units set aside for homeless and/or disabled veterans, with a veteran preference for the remaining apartments.
Building Industry Association's 17th Annual Builders Conference
MaGrann Associates sponsored the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Philadelphia's annual conference September 26, 2019. The event was focused on Philadelphia's Development Climate - How the 10-Year Tax Abatement Shaped the Last 20 Years and What's Next. Mayor Jim Kenney was present and acknowledged the frustration of many long-time residents who resent tax-abated properties in their neighborhoods but described that the abatement's well-documented, long-term benefits (enhancements to city revenues, increased spending at local businesses, blight reduction and creation of well-paying construction jobs) outweigh the negatives.
With 275 building professionals in attendance, the BIA explored topics ranging from using real estate development as a means to promote equitable growth in the region, through expanding development opportunities, bring skilled labor into the workforce and delivering more affordable housing.
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Photos: Albert Yee Photo
AIA Forum on Architecture + Design
Philadelphia's regional education and expo conference, the AIA Forum on Architecture + Design, took place October 2-4. The Forum focused on curating multidisciplinary educational content for designers, civic leaders, product manufacturers, technology providers, and real estate developers - all the industries that contribute to shaping our built environment.
MaGrann Associates partnered with Philadelphia L&I on a presentation "Top Ten Code Lessons" to learn under the 2018 Building Codes. Areas covered included: permit submissions packaging for residential vs commercial projects, common errors identified at permit submission by L&I, field verification requirements for residential vs commercial and much more.