The Oradell Zoning Board of Adjustment recently granted the needed for the Habitat for Humanity project on Westervelt Place.
The project will utilize a pair of lots on the corner of Westervelt Place and Lake Avenue to be subdivided for the creation of four single-family attached units. Habitat for Humanity was given one of the lots by the borough and the other was purchased with a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant.
The four units will each contain three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a one-car garage and a driveway. Along with subdividing the lots, additional variances included front- and side-yard setback, impervious coverage and building coverage.
Along the back of the property will be a buffer of evergreen trees as a screen for the neighbors.
Prior to construction beginning, Habitat intends to hold a "community outreach" program so that the public can learn about the group, the project and allow interested families to apply for purchasing one of the homes. The homes will be sold to first time homeowners through Habitat for Humanity's selection process. These families will not be solely low-income families, but the goal is to have the four units for a mix of low and mid-level income families looking to become homeowners.
Habitat will provide no-interest mortgages to the approved families and those selected are required to participate in the construction process along with volunteers.
Work could begin as early as September because a building on one of the lots has to be demolished first.