CIS details new 100-unit senior housing project in Atlantic County

White Horse Pike and Pomona Road

Affordable 55+ housing is reimagined as a community catalyst and regional trendsetter.

GALLOWAY, N.J. (October 15, 2018) – Community Investment Strategies, Inc. (CIS) is pleased to announce the start of construction for Heritage Village at Galloway, a meticulously designed, sustainable 55+ residential development for active seniors. Years in the making, Heritage Village at Galloway not only changes the face of affordable adult lifestyles in South Jersey, it takes the lead in writing a new chapter in local and regional economies.

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Community Investment Strategies Earns 2018 Energy Star® Partner of the Year Award


Community Investment Strategies Earns Energy Star Partner of the Year Award

FREEHOLD, N.J., April 9, 2018
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., April 9, 2018 — Community Investment Strategies announced today it has been named the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Multifamily High-Rise Developer recipient by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its commitment to building high-quality, sustainable housing for its current residents and for future generations.

“We are honored to be named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year,” said Christiana Foglio, chief executive officer and president of CIS. “This is an incredible accomplishment that illustrates our ongoing commitment to sustainable living. As a real estate company that designs, builds and manages its own communities, we take great pride in providing our residents with environmentally friendly, energy efficient homes.”

Since 1994, CIS has been building ENERGY STAR certified home. Our key accomplishments in 2017 include:

• Building 32 communities that are ENERGY STAR certified and using subcontractors that are trained in energy-efficient construction techniques and practices.
• Building 2 high-rise communities using the EPA Multifamily High-Rise Program.
• Committed to energy benchmarking the entire portfolio over the next year.
• Implementing quality management programs while shortening construction schedules and saving money.
• Building in locations across New Jersey that are typically underserved, with a focus on thoughtful design and development.

“The 2018 ENERGY STAR Partners of the Year have demonstrated real leadership, showing how American families and businesses can save energy, save money, and reduce air emissions,” said Bill Wehrum, EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation.

In 2016 alone, ENERGY STAR certified products, homes, buildings, and plants helped Americans save over $30 billion in energy costs and approximately 400 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity while also achieving broad emissions reductions.

“CIS has been partnering with the EPA and the ENERGY STAR program for over two decade,” said Mark Issa, President of CIS Construction. “We’ve integrated sustainable building practices into our standard construction procedures and continue to look for new and innovative ways to reduce energy usage.”

For a complete list of 2018 winners and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit

Community Investment Strategies Wins Multiple FAME Awards

CIS Team wins at FAME

Bayshore Village Wins Best Architectural Design and Best Public Relations Campaign

FREEHOLD, N.J., March 8, 2018
It was an exciting evening for Community Investment Strategies (CIS), Inc. at the annual Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey (SBACNJ) Fabulous Achievement in Marketing Excellence (FAME) Awards.

The 80’s themed night kicked off with great food, drink and networking. Encouraged to wear attire from that era, attendees fashioned 80’s classics from leg warmers and high hair to Miami Vice blazers and mustaches.

The FAME awards honor both companies and individual members of SBACNJ for their excellence in marketing accomplishments. Located in Lakewood, SBACNJ is a chartered local chapter of both the New Jersey Builders Association (NJBA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and is one of the largest local trade associations in the area.

“We are truly honored,” said Christiana Foglio, owner and chief executive officer of CIS. “Winning for Bayshore Village is especially meaningful because the community is part of the rebuilding effort of the shore communities after Superstorm Sandy, which helped many residents return to their home in Port Monmouth”.

Bayshore Village, a Heritage Village Community and one of CIS’s signature age restricted communities in Monmouth County won two FAME awards – Best Architectural Design and Best Public Relations Campaign. Rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy, Bayshore Village incorporates the latest in energy efficiency practices and is constructed to withstand weather related events. Consisting of 110 apartment homes for income qualified seniors age 62+, the community features modern design, luxury amenities, and a host of activities and services.

Project Manager and Vice President of CIS, Barbara K. Schoor added “Bayshore Village is the culmination of a successful public-private partnership working together with the Township of Middletown to bring back much needed housing for seniors in Monmouth County. Now equipped with essential resiliency features, residents enjoy the best amenity of all – peace of mind.”

Heritage Village at Oakhurst won the FAME award for Best Landscaping of an Affordable Housing Community. The 96-apartment-home community for active adults 55+ features a park like setting with a variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers surrounding the property. Residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle and are close to the best beaches in New Jersey.

In addition, Ivette Landaverry won for Property Manager of the Year. “As property manager of Heritage Village at Oakhurst, Ivette has a remarkable track record of providing exceptional resident relations.” said Jennifer Smyth, Regional Supervisor, CIS Management. “Coupled with her professionalism and passion for success, Ivette is a great asset to the CIS team.” Smyth added.

CIS Management Wins “Management Company of the Year Award” at New Jersey Apartment Association’s Garden State Awards


CIS Management, Inc., the property management affiliate of Community Investment Strategies (CIS), Inc., a developer and builder of apartment-rental communities throughout New Jersey, received nine (9) awards, at the 28th Annual Garden State Awards Gala held at Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch, N.J. including the prestigious Management Company of the Year (Affordable) Award.

Sponsored by the New Jersey Apartment Association (NJAA), the Garden State awards recognize achievement among leaders in the rental housing industry. “The caliber of this year’s winners is a true reflection of the level of professionalism our members bring to New Jersey’s apartment industry,” said David Brogan, Executive Director of NJAA. He continued, “This award is direct recognition of CIS Management’s commitment to resident satisfaction and professionalism.”

“We are truly honored to receive the Management Company of the Year Award,” said Christiana Foglio, CEO of CIS. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire CIS Management team.”

Three CIS properties won in the Curb Appeal category: Heritage Village at Bloomfield, an 82-unit, active adult community in Bloomfield, NJ; Heritage Village at Oakhurst, a newly opened, 93-unit, active adult community in Ocean Township, NJ; and The Gardens at Birmingham, a 48-unit multifamily community in Ewing Township.

Heritage Village at Bloomfield also won in the Green Building category. A certified ENERGY STAR® Multifamily High-Rise building, the community features state-of-the-art resiliency features including high quality durable exteriors; hurricane rated, impact resilient windows; a superior insulation and weather barrier system; an energy efficient ventilation system; LED lighting; an emergency generator, as well as a bathroom and shower that are accessible during times of extended power loss.

In addition, four CIS Management staff members won individual awards – Joseph Gotti, controller; Michael Randolph, maintenance supervisor; Jennifer Smyth, regional supervisor manager; and Alice Ringus, senior property manager. “To be recognized by NJAA is a big deal in our industry,” said Jennifer Smyth. “They are New Jersey’s premier trade organization for the multifamily rental market with a collective voice of over 400 companies.”

Established in 2004 as an extension of CIS’ “with you for life” philosophy, CIS Management Inc. oversees comprehensive and responsive property management services. Committed to a hands-on, round-the-clock approach, the company provides regulatory compliance; administrative agent services; market repositioning, renovation oversight; contract administration; marketing, leasing and sales services; resident services; social activities programming; senior services; and third-party, facilities, asset and financial management. The talented management team, is responsible for the day-to-day management tasks encompassing more than 3,000 affordable housing units developed and owned by CIS.