Green housing for those who served

In Carteret, N.J., veterans will be coming home to green, affordable housing, thanks to the new Commander George Lisicki Veterans Apartments, the city’s first apartment building dedicated to vets. 

The project is named in honor of George Lisicki, a veterans advocate and native of Carteret.

The apartments were made possible via a $352,000 in federal funding that Carteret received last year through Middlesex County, and is being overseen by the Carteret Housing and Development Corporation. 

The complex will house four 2-bedroom units, each ADA adaptable (including one that will also feature an exterior wheelchair lift), and is part of a greater to revitalize Cateret’s Washington Avenue Redevelopment Area.

Notable green features of the new complex include five solar panel arrays expected to kick out 1.5 kilowatts of power, providing for 70-80 percent of the electricity needs of the building’s tenants, as well as two 80-gallon solar-powered hot water systems.  

The construction contract for the apartments was awarded to Shore Green Energy of Northfield, N.J.

George Lisicki himself was on hand at a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Affordable housing for veterans is a first in our area,” he said in a statement. 

”Our veterans are asked to make sacrifices only to come home to low paying jobs or no jobs at all. I am proud that the leadership of the community of Carteret has stepped up to help ease the burden placed on our returning veterans by offering them affordable housing.  Our veterans love America and America needs to love her veterans.”

* Susan DeFreitas, EarthTechling