Woodrow Wilson Commons

Long Branch, N.J.

Developed by Pennrose Properties and Maestro Community Development Corp., the 173-unit mixed-income Woodrow Wilson Commons replaces 1950s-era barrack-style public housing in Long Branch, N.J.

Woodrow Wilson Commons features a diverse mix of public, affordable, and special-needs housing, with a sprinkling of market-rate units. Two phases are certified LEED-Gold. The project also features a large community building.

In addition to reconfiguring the streets, the developers addressed a severe flooding problem. The old property was known locally as “Lake Woodrow” because the site would regularly flood, stranding tenants in their apartments. Developers created a one-acre “raingarden” and new infiltration basins to help manages stormwater.

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