Mayor Candidate Again Calls on NBHA to Reject Unaffordable Development

Housing Authority Board Special Meeting Starts at 4:30PM

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Independent Mayoral candidate Charlie Kratovil is once again calling on the New Brunswick Housing Authority to reject the proposal to build a massive development on Route 1 without any on-site affordable housing.

After the developer was initially rejected in their bid to redevelop the 36-acre property that was previously home to the Sears department store, Kratovil mobilized community members to speak at the June 29 NBHA meeting, where the developer was asking for the board to change its mind.

Of all the public comments, not one was in favor of the development except for Ed Russo, the CEO of the company behind the development. The developer was rejected 2 yes votes, 1 no vote, and 2 abstentions.

But the NBHA Board has scheduled yet another special “zoom” meeting today at 4:30pm, and Kratovil is again encouraging community members to join the call and oppose the project.

“We cannot and will not be priced out of the city we love!” said Kratovil.  “I’m calling on the NBHA Board to uphold their rejection of this developer, unless and until their proposal is modified to include on-site affordable housing for low and moderate income households.  They also need to make a clear commitment to providing reliable public transportation.”

The meeting is scheduled to start at 4:30pm, and be accessed remotely at this link.

WHO: Charlie Kratovil and other community members against extreme gentrification
WHAT: New Brunswick Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Meeting
WHEN: RIGHT NOW – Thursday, July 7 at 4:30PM
 The meeting will be held on zoom