Florence, NJ

Freedom Village at Historic Roebling (Florence Twp.)  

This seventy-two-unit apartment community is currently under construction.  It will feature one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments surrounding a large Community Center. The buildings will be three stories with private entrances in front and will be barrier-free and accessible for people using wheelchairs.  The buildings will have elevators, and central heat/air conditioning that incorporate Energy Star design features as well as being LEEDs compliant. Ample off-street parking adjacent to each building will provide easy access to each unit. 

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Roebling: A little hamlet with a whole lot of history and a growing attraction for tourists

FLORENCE — Driving through the village of Roebling, you might think it’s just an ordinary town.

But the 1.2-square-mile village in the heart of Florence Township is actually full of history, according to the Roebling Museum’s Erica Harvey.

“There’s so much more here than just a little town,” said Harvey, a volunteer and program coordinator for the museum.

The little hamlet of tidy streets filled with row homes has been standing relatively unchanged for more than 100 years. Originally built as a planned community for hundreds of workers at the John A. Roebling’s Sons Co. steel plant, the village survived the plant shutdown in 1974 and a subsequent Superfund toxic waste cleanup that cost tens of millions of dollars.

Today the village has evolved into a modest tourist attraction that seems to be gaining momentum, as curiosity about the former steel town grows and more events are scheduled there to celebrate the town’s unique character and its industrial legacy.

A museum that opened on the grounds of the former steel plant in 2009 has played a lead role in putting a new face on the community, even as bulldozers and dump trucks have leveled and carted away the pieces of numerous old factory buildings nearby that — although elegant, old industrial structures — represented a toxic threat to the landscape.

“Originally, the Roebling Historical Society saw that the mill site was dilapidated and they negotiated with the Environmental Protection Agency and Florence to have a museum,” Roebling Museum Executive Director Patricia Millen said.

“It was too big for the historical society so a board was formed. They worked for years to turn this place into what it is today.”

Millen said the EPA provided $6.3 million to rehabilitate a former gateway to the Roebling mill, which now houses the museums and its exhibits.

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