Woolwich Township recently granted approval for the Kings Meadow project, which is set to bring over a thousand new residential units to the area over the next decade. The project includes the creation of a regional residential center, an age-restricted community, and affordable housing options. The township government has been closely involved with the development, working with the principals behind Kings Meadow to ensure its success.
Final approval was granted by the Joint Land Use Board after extensive testimony and questioning, with residents expressing concerns about potential impacts on traffic, the environment, and school taxes. Despite these concerns, the board voted 8-to-1 in favor of approving the final design. The approval will remain valid for 20 years to account for any potential delays in construction.
The Kings Meadow project will consist of a total of 1,065 residential units, including single-family houses and townhomes. Of these, 368 units will be designated exclusively for senior citizens, and there will also be 90 affordable housing units available. NVR Inc., operating as Ryan Homes, will be responsible for building the community on approximately 243 acres of land.
The development will be divided into two sections: Legacy at Kings Meadow, located east of Asbury Station Road, will house the age-restricted housing, while Kings Meadow proper, located west of Asbury Station Road, will consist of market-rate housing and the affordable housing units. Each section will have its own community center with amenities such as pools, pickleball courts, and an amphitheater.
The project will be completed in five phases, with the first two phases focused on constructing the affordable housing units. A walking trail will be built on the Kings Meadow side, and the developer has offered to extend it to the nearby Kingsway Middle School. Woolwich Township will receive a $300,000 Open Space fee and a $682,500 contribution to the affordable housing fund.
To address concerns about increased traffic, the project includes plans to widen Kings Highway and Asbury Station Road, as well as install traffic signal systems at selected intersections once traffic volumes meet the required thresholds.
Overall, the Kings Meadow project presents an opportunity for growth and development in Woolwich Township, while also fulfilling the obligations of providing affordable housing options for residents.
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