One of Monmouth County’s wealthiest towns, Colts Neck, will be adding significant affordable housing as part of a massive effort to develop almost 40 acres of land.
During their December 1 meeting, the Colts Neck Planning Board voted 7-2 in favor of an application dubbed Colts Neck Manor. The endeavor looks to transform a large parcel along Route 537 that is owned by Colts Neck Building Associates LLC, a subsidiary of Kushner Companies.
Designed by Lambertville-based Minno Wasko, the entirety of Colts Neck Manor is set to total 16 buildings. The development’s 15 residential structures will all rise four stories and are slated to consist of 360 apartments, 72 of which will be designated as affordable units.
The inclusionary housing component will be spread out among the different buildings and is part of a settlement Colts Neck reached in March 2020 with the Fair Share Housing Center. Colts Neck Manor will also include 698 parking spaces for residents in several surface parking lots scattered throughout the property.
Plans for the clubhouse at the development, which will be situated at the property’s southwest corner, include a pool, lounge and party room, gym facilities, and workspace areas. The exterior of the development’s buildings will mostly utilize fiber cement siding along with some stone components.
Colts Neck Manor had generated some controversy prior to gaining approval. The development of the site, located next to Yellow Brook, will include an Amphidrome wastewater system at the property and caused the Sierra Club’s New Jersey Chapter to publicly oppose the project.
The development’s application was first heard by the planning board back in August and testimony was taken during five separate meetings before approvals were granted. Despite the green light from local officials, Kushner Companies has not announced a timeline as to when construction at Colts Neck Manor could begin.