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

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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 Wins Multiple FAME Awards

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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 Cuts the Ribbon to Officially Open Bayshore Village

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5 Years after Superstorm Sandy, residents are happy to return home.

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (October 25, 2017) – Damaged by Sandy, the original Bayshore Village community was demolished and replaced with a brand-new structure that incorporates state-of-the-art resiliency features and now rests on a site that has been raised considerably above the floor plain elevation.

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The Township of Ocean, Community Investments Strategies, and residents celebrate the grand opening of Heritage Village at Oakhurst

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Heritage Village at Oakhurst addresses the need for affordable senior housing and provides aging-in-place services.

OAKHURST, N.J. (June 16, 2017) – State, county, local officials, and residents joined Community Investment Strategies, Inc. (CIS), a recognized builder of award-winning multi-family housing communities throughout New Jersey, for a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil Heritage Village at Oakhurst, an affordable age-restricted housing community in Ocean Township, Monmouth County

“CIS is pleased to add Heritage at Oakhurst to our growing family of senior communities in Ocean Township and Monmouth County,” said Christiana Foglio, CEO of CIS.  “We are also excited to announce our strategic partnership with RWJBarnabas- Monmouth Medical under Care Strategies, which will offer community health services right here in Oakhurst and at our sister properties in Monmouth County, including Heritage Village at Ocean.”

Addressing the audience, Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling spoke about the importance of affordable housing.  He said “our seniors should not have to leave New Jersey because they can’t afford to stay.  Having affordable options such as Heritage Village at Oakhurst means staying close to loved ones and being able to enjoy your golden years.

The four-story, 100,000 square-foot building is comprised of 93 one- and two-bedroom rental apartments and serves seniors age 55+ whose income is at or below 60% of Area Median Income ($39,480 for a one-person household).

The new construction, which replaces affordable senior homes in the area that were destroyed by flooding, incorporate specific resiliency design elements to prevent and address potential weather and disaster related events.  Apartment amenities include central heating and air conditioning, energy efficient appliances, high quality floors, LED lighting, washer/dryer hookups, high speed internet, intercom, and emergency pull cords.

The smoke free, pet friendly community features on-site management, 24-hour emergency maintenance, key fob entry, security cameras, on-site parking, and ample community space including a large community room, outdoor patio, library, lounge, computer room, fitness studio, and a wellness center.

Mayor Siciliano said “The persistence of Christiana Foglio has paid off in spades.  By bringing this project to the Township of Ocean, not only has she provided an affordable option for many of our local residents, she has provided something that has no price tag – the social benefit to many seniors once living alone, now has them thriving in an atmosphere, which is essential to all humans.  On behalf of our seniors and the Township of Ocean, I wish to thank Christiana and the CIS team for their diligence in bringing Heritage Village to our community.”

Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling each presented a framed resolution to CIS recognizing their work in providing affordable senior housing.

CIS has rapidly become a leader in senior independent and assisted senior services in Monmouth County.  Its expanded services now include a sister company ONORA health, providing a memory care residence in Ocean Township, as well as Care Strategies, offering assisted living services in all our senior facilities in Monmouth County.  CIS is a national leader is creating housing and health structures to keep seniors healthy and independent longer.

Financing includes HMFA Construction and Permanent Financing, Community Block Development Grant Disaster Recovery Fund for Multifamily Recovery, NJHMFA Special Need Housing Trust Funds, Monmouth County HOME Funds, and Township Of Ocean. Low Income Housing Tax Credit Equity is provided by Enterprise Community Investments.

 Speakers included Ocean Township Mayor Christopher P. Siciliano; Senator Jennifer Beck; Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling; NJHMFA Executive Director Anthony Marchetta; Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone; HUD Field Office Director Maria Maio-Messano.

Christiana Foglio Delivers Keynote Address to Douglass College Class of 2017

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On Saturday, May 13, 2017, the Douglass community gathered in Voorhees Chapel, Hickman Hall, and Trayes Hall to celebrate the achievements of the Douglass Class of 2017.

Alumna Christiana Foglio DC’84 gave the keynote address, asking graduates “what do they believe is possible,” and passing along several life lessons. Chris challenged the graduates to pass on their success to others, and shared how Douglass alumnae have encouraged and supported her throughout her career.

She is a very involved alumna, giving of her time and resources to help not only Douglass, but also Rutgers’ Bloustein School and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. She places a priority on helping women who are facing challenges in their lives, from collaborating with single, working mothers on the design of low and middle-income housing developments, to helping breast cancer patients in their recovery.

Throughout her speech Chris encouraged the Class of 2017 to reflect on the Douglass legacy of education, achievement, and success, and reflect on how they will use their success. She left the new graduates with the parting challenge – “Today’s challenge is to never let yourself forget, that the true measure of a life well-lived, is not the number of things that you will leave behind, but by the number of lives that you will touch that will go on to touch the lives of others. So invest in encouraging one another. Dare to be your sister’s keeper…Things don’t make life better, people like you do.”

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Community Gardens at Windsor Crescent

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Spring of 2017 is upon us and plans to revitalize the community gardens at Windsor Crescent, a rental community located in Jackson, NJ are underway. The residents are excited to begin the growing season and prepare the ten raised beds for planting. The program is a collaboration between Community Investment Strategies, BEAM, Building Empowerment Advancing Mobility, a non-profit corporation and Groundwork Elizabeth’s Community Gardening Program. A common vision of “changing places, changing lives” inspires the plan created for Windsor Crescent.

There is much preparation required before planting begins. The residents were eager to begin weeding and cleaning up the beds before spreading new topsoil, compost and fertilizer. It is a labor of love for many of the residents and their children as they learn how to garden, harvest and prepare healthy, nutritious foods that they have grown.

This year, a water saving irrigation system was installed for the drought conditions during the hottest summer months. Once preparations were complete, the fruits and vegetables were planted by the residents. The plant selection chosen with input from the residents include tomatoes, eggplant, pepper, cucumber, basil, beans, mint and strawberries.

The goal of this garden is to engage the residents and provide the educational, environmental and nutritional benefits of gardening. We are so excited to share in this worthwhile initiative that allows the participants to reap the “fruits” of their labor and take pride in maintaining the garden.

Community Investment Stategies Garners Four FAME Awards

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Community Investment Strategies (CIS), Inc., a full service real estate firm, received four Fabulous Achievement in Marketing Excellence (FAME) awards from the Shore Builders Association of Central New Jersey (SBACNJ). The 14th annual awards banquet, held at South Gate Manor, was attended by more than 200 members and associates of the building industry.

“We’re honored to receive these awards which recognize the hard work and dedication that our development, construction and management staff show all year long,” said Christiana Foglio, founder/owner and chief executive officer of CIS.

Westminster Heights received the first FAME award of the evening for Best Redevelopment of a Residential Project. The affordable, 84 apartment-home community in Elizabeth, N.J. is the second phase of the major Oakwood Plaza Redevelopment. Winning in this category illustrates how CIS has raised the standards when it comes to rehabilitation projects for low income families.

Heritage Village at Bloomfield, an affordable, 82 apartment-home community for active adults 55+ won two FAME awards – Best Architectural Design and Best Interior Merchandising of a Multifamily Community. Located in the Bloomfield historic district, the exceptional design of the community seamlessly blends classic and contemporary styles. The building features a glass entryway, floor-to-ceiling windows, recessed lighting, and a mix of hard-wood and ceramic-tile flooring. Common areas of the building are well-appointed with art, merchandise, and plants to enhance each space including a large community room with catering kitchen and fireplace, fitness center, wellness suite library, computer room, and courtyard.

Additionally, Heritage Village at Ocean won the FAME award for Best Landscaping of a Multifamily Community. The affordable, 96-apartment-home community for active adults 55+ is located in a park-like setting with a variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers throughout the property. Residents enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle and are close to some of the best beaches in New Jersey.

“The evening was superb,” said Samantha Hennessey, project coordinator at CIS. “We submit our affordable communities knowing we are up against market-rate properties. Winning these awards show our product is comparable to some of the best housing in the state and we are proud to compete against them.”