It has been a year since I posted about Old Bridge New Jersey’s Zoning Board of Adjustment approval of a plan to construct a 61-unit apartment building that was to serve as a home to brain injured and other disabled individuals. Then in December 2004, I was happy to let you know that the State had granted $1.5 million in funding for the project. Today, almost one-year to the day that I first blogged about the apartment building, I have the great pleasure to announce that the facility has finally received its final O.K.
The Costello center will provide housing for the independently disabled. That means, according to former Housing Authority Chairwoman Mary Ann Gurliaccio, that no nurses are needed or will be on the premises. The goal is to offer clean, affordable housing for people who can function well on their own, but need some form of outside supervision, said Gurliaccio, who resigned her volunteer position because she moved out of state. According to representatives of Pennrose Properties Inc., which will build the facility on behalf of the Housing Authority, potential tenants could include blind or deaf people, or those with cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy or traumatic brain injury, along with family members.
The complex is named for Old Bridge resident Chuck Costello, one of 12 Old Bridge residents who perished in the 9/11 attacks. You can read the full story about the facility here. The facility will be located here (across from the hospital).