The John T. Gregorio Towers, a seven-story, 78-unit senior housing project in Linden, New Jersey, designed by Gran Kriegel Associates, has been completed.
A development of the City of Linden Housing Corporation, the project is named for former Linden mayor John T. Gregorio. The building is located in a residential neighborhood overlooking a public park
Funded by the Housing and Urban Development Authority (H.U.D.) and the
Linden Housing Corporation, the complex features a multipurpose room,
which is served by a commercial kitchen. This communal space
accommodates dining and special events, also serving the adjacent
existing buildings, which are part of the Linden senior housing
complex. There is also a generous outdoor area for individual and group
functions. Resident interaction is further facilitated by tenant
lounges on each floor as well as a number of activity rooms; laundry,
visiting physician, beauty salon and computer room.
The one-bedroom residences feature windows with built-in blinds, vinyl
wood plank floors and panel doors. Typical apartments are handicap
adaptable, meeting all Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards. One
apartment on each floor is fully accessible for site and hearing
The construction consists of load bearing masonry walls and precast
concrete plank. The new building, at seven stories, bridges the scale
between the existing 11-story buildings and the adjacent residential
neighborhood. The multi-colored brick facades with light green metal
windows and entrances give the building a non-institutional, less
formal feeling than conventional projects of this type.
Founded in 1965, Gran Kriegel Associates is a full service architecture
and planning firm providing creative, effective solutions for a wide
range of public, commercial, and residential clients. The firm has
completed a diverse range of projects, from new housing, educational,
commercial and retail facilities to complex renovations and restoration
of historic buildings. Gran Kriegel Associates also specializes in
urban design and planning, project programming and feasibility analysis.