Rockefeller Group, in partnership with Bergen County’s United Way (BCUW), Madeline Housing Partners, and the Borough of Florham Park, saw a need for affordable housing in the region. With 8 acres of available land at The Green at Florham Park, Independence Way was developed for an under-served community.
Independence Way is comprised of 62 independent living units, a mix of 26 one-bedroom units and 36 two-bedroom units throughout 7 separate buildings, and one group home for residents who may require around-the-clock assistance.
This community is situated in Rockefeller Group’s 268-acre master-planned community, The Green at Florham Park, and is located only one mile from downtown Madison, NJ. Independence Way offers residents access to local employment, shopping, exercise, and medical care.
Florham Park Mayor Mark Taylor stated at the project’s ribbon cutting ceremony that he appreciated being offered “such a wonderful project for our community.” Mayor Taylor also called affordable housing a new idea for a changing economy and the next step in the growth of the Green at Florham Park.
The transitional Farmhouse style design allowed large buildings to take on a more friendly scale. The durable and low-maintenance Hardi Board siding reinforces a residential character. Charcoal brick and standing seam metal roofing accents enhance durability and convey the high-quality details consistent with the single-family homes surrounding the site.
The interiors are appointed with higher end finishes, including solid surface counters, tile backsplashes, top-grade appliances, LVT wide plank flooring, soft-close cabinetry, and Andersen 400-series windows.
Transportation and Walking Trails
The residences are serviced by NJ transit’s ADA paratransit program Access Link and have full access to the walkways located throughout The Green at Florham Park, including trails around the NY Jets Headquarters.
By bringing an at-risk population into the center of a thriving community, Independence Way not only succeeded in fulfilling an affordable housing need but also in redefining and exceeding expectations surrounding supportive housing in suburban communities. The project was 100 percent funded by Rockefeller Group on land donated by the company and is owned and managed by the United Way and Madeline.