Pennytown is isolated and located on a state highway. Is this a reasonable location for affordable housing?
Pennytown is actually next to residential zoning districts or land uses on all sides, except for a small portion on the southern end near the pond and across Pennington Hopewell Road (Route 654) at the Kootronics/Pennwell site. That adjacent Kooltronics/Pennwell site has been designated as a "hamlet" in the township's zoning ordinance, meaning that a small compact development with a mix of uses could be built there. The use of Pennytown for residential purposes fits well with this "hamlet" concept. Also, Pennytown's access to Route 31, its location between two traffic signals, and its proximity to Hopewell Borough (which is four minutes away) and commercial services to the south make it a reasonable site for affordable housing. We also anticipate that by the time the site is developed, it will be served by New Jersey Transit.

Building affordable housing at the Pennytown site also has the advantage of distributing the township's affordable housing obligation in a fair and equitable manner. The township's affordable housing should not be concentrated in any single area of the township.

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1. Why purchase Pennytown?
2. Are we paying fair market value for the property?
3. Why is the property available now?
4. What is the development potential of the property?
5. What is unique about having sewers at the property?
6. Why do we have a pressing need to build affordable housing?
7. Who qualifies for affordable housing?
8. What is our affordable housing requirement?
9. What is the deadline for meeting our Round Three requirements?
10. What happens if we fail to meet our affordable housing requirement?
11. Is a developer's remedy lawsuit realistic in this economy?
12. How would development at the Pennytown site affect firefighting in the area?
13. How would development at Pennytown affect wells in the area?
14. How would development at Pennytown affect traffic in the area?
15. How is the township protected against environmental damage at the site?
16. Who would demolish the existing buildings, and when?
17. What is the timeline for development of the site?
18. Pennytown is isolated and located on a state highway. Is this a reasonable location for affordable housing?
19. What would the houses look like?
20. Will the houses be sale or rental units?
21. How will the township pay for the property?