Steve Cheung's Bella Vita Estates held a grand opening Wednesday. Here is the entrance at 33 Westervelt Avenue, with manager Beverly Jones at left.
Note: The information I was given is slightly at odds with what is on the front page of the Courier News today. Will inquire later.
There are four floors of apartments over ground floor commercial space. Each residential floor has four two-bedroom units and 16 one-bedroom units. Rent is $1,300 for two bedrooms and $1,100 for one bedroom. Tenants are responsible for their own heating and cooling costs in addition to utilities. Each apartment has its own heating and cooling unit, which the tenant controls.
This is a one-bedroom apartment kitchen. All new appliances include a stove, refrigerator and microwave. There will be a laundry room on the second floor.
Tenants must be 55 years or older, but can have family members age 19 or older living with them as long as the elder lives there. Once the elder tenant is no longer there, the younger ones must move out, Jones explained.
The building is just across Roosevelt Avenue from Supremo Supermarket and is accessible to several bus lines as well as the Raritan Valley Line trains.
Steve Cheung redeveloped the Front Street building between Roosevelt and Westervelt that formerly held the Plainfield Senior Center. The center relocated to the next block east, so will be very convenient for the Bella Vita Estates residents. Cheung received city permission to subdivide the parking lot behind the Front Street building and also obtained site plan approval several years ago.
Last year everything came together for the project and construction began.
Partly due to rezoning to permit greater density near train stations and partly because the financial doldrums of the past decade cleared up, apartments are springing up all over the city. See the roster of new or proposed apartments here.