A nearly $25 million adaptive reuse and historic renovation project of the former Roosevelt Hospital in Edison will now serve as the newest independent living community for senior citizens.The hospital, built in 1937, was originally built as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal through the Federal Public Works Administration (WPA), which enabled architecturally significant and structurally enduring construction.
The Residence at Roosevelt Park consists of 84 apartments and sits on 11 acres adjacent to Middlesex County’s Roosevelt Park and Menlo Park Mall.
The county jointly developed the property with Pennrose Management Co.
Veterans have preferred status for up to 25 percent of the units, with five units set aside for formerly homeless individuals and couples, while six serve individuals with disabilities.
“Today, we usher in a new chapter for this grand building that has been caring for our residents since 1937,” Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald Rios said. “This project is part of our continuing commitment to respond to the changing needs of our population by meeting their continuum of care needs, as well as ending homelessness, and helping our veterans. The Residence at Roosevelt Park is an example of how we are developing and providing services in new ways. It’s an example of bringing innovation to a key service we can now provide.”