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Featured Developments: Harvest Point Apartments

Salem, NJ

Harvest Point Apartments - Salem, NJ

Harvest Point Apartments - Salem, NJ

  • Existing development
  • 260 units, formerly 276
  • Mix of one, two, and three-bedroom units
  • Rehabilitation completed in 2010
  • Energy Star Certified - Tier 2 level of performance (2009)

[Alternative Text]Harvest Point is an existing affordable housing complex of 260 units, located in Salem County, New Jersey. Originally constructed between 1976 and 1978, the complex consisted of 18 detached buildings providing only one bedroom and two bedroom units. The newly renovated and revitalized Harvest Point has seen the addition of many green features, as well as new amenities for its residents. Following the rehabilitation, which was completed in 2010, the apartment complex now has a mix of one, two, and three bedroom units, as well as a new community center, distance learning center and recreation facility.

To conserve energy, all 260 units at Harvest Point are Energy Star Certified under the Energy Star 2009 Tier 2 level of performance. Obtaining this level of certification requires energy efficient enhancements to insulation, lighting, HVAC, and other key building features. Each individual unit is equipped with Energy Star appliances including furnace, hot water heater, light fixtures, thermostat, and bathroom exhaust fan. All of the hot water heaters are tankless, providing up to 40% energy savings. Other highlights include Low-E coating windows, which block heat but allow light to enter buildings in warmer months, and insulated basement ceilings, to keep cold air from seeping into units from below in cooler months.

To make efficient use of natural rain water, the site was graded to direct runoff to a central courtyard landscaped with deep-rooted native plants, which improves storm water absorption. These plants, once established, do not require watering and are drought resistant. Further, the soil in the courtyard was replaced with a mixture of mulch and light textured soils, capable of metabolizing oil-based pollutants associated with runoff from parking lots. Unabsorbed water percolates through a layer of coarse backfill and either continues downward to recharge the aquifer or enters perforated high-density polyethylene pipes. These pipes, which keep this bioretention area drained, discharge into the existing storm sewer. In addition to the drainage system, Harvest Point has addressed resource conservation by installing low-flow water fixtures in sinks, toilets and showers of the residences.

Accomplished through partnership with USDA and several others, the end result of the Harvest Point revitalization is a new, secure and safe environment for the low and middle income residents. The distressed property that stood before is hardly recognizable, and the incorporation of 42 units set aside for adults with disabilities, professional property management, and the improved level of energy efficiency within the site makes Harvest Point an asset to the surrounding community.

Construction Timeline

August 2008
Construction loan closing for Phase 1 (11 of 18 buildings)

September 2008
Construction begins on first phase of development

October 2009
Construction loan closing for Phase 2 (remaining 7 of 18 buildings and new community center)

October 2009
Construction began on second phase of development

December 2009
Construction Completion on first phase

December 2010
Construction Completion on second phase

Green Certification

Initiative Information

Last Modified:09/28/2012 
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