Similar concerns were raised in the 1990s when Brandon Farms was first proposed. The Brandon Farms community has become a strong vibrant part of Hopewell Township, helping bring in more young families and diversifying our housing stock, including several wonderful age-restricted communities like Four Seasons and Wellington Manor. Since Brandon Farms was built, home values have increased across Hopewell Township, as families that originally bought homes in Brandon Farms have traded up to larger single-family homes in other parts of Hopewell Valley.
We are working towards a similar end result with these new developments. We will have new housing options for our teachers, firefighters and police officers to move into, as well as new, more affordable starter homes for young couples and other professionals working in the Princeton-Hopewell-Lawrence area. Similarly, there will be new options for older residents whose kids have left the school system and who want to downsize. We are planning for mixed use, inclusive neighborhoods so that affordable housing is not concentrated in any one area. Using the control retained via the Settlement and the Redevelopment process, the Township will be very strict with owners of the rental units with how these developments are managed, both in how lower income tenants are certified and how properties are maintained.