The NJ RREM Program: Choosing a Pathway B Contractor

The NJ RREM Program: Choosing a Pathway B Contractor

Hurricane Sandy caused a lot of devastation across the state. If you are an owner of commercial properties in New Jersey (NJ), you may have incurred damage to your commercial properties during the storm that still hasn’t been properly fixed. Commercial property damage can be a hassle, both business and household tenants are looking for the damage to be repaired as quickly as possible with the minimum amount of interruption to their daily lives. It’s because of this that the RREM program was created, and pathway B contractors were formed to help repair the damage left over from the storm. The RREM program pathway B is for people in the RREM program who want a property owner-selected contractor to help rebuild their home in NJ. In this case the owners of selected commercial properties may want a specific contractor to repair their property instead of having one selected by the state. Those in pathway B cannot collect rental assistance from their builders unless it was already negotiated in their contract with their builder. They are encouraged to seek rental assistance from long-term recovery groups and other non-profit organizations should they need it. So, you want to select your own contractor. Here are three questions to ask yourself when making that decision: Does the Pathway B Contractor Understand Your Situation? The contractor needs to be able to understand the building layout and the damage that happened to your property during the storm. If Are they clear about what damage occurred to your property, and are they knowledgeable about how to fix it? There are multiple types of damage that could...
Giving the Jersey Shore a New Face with New Construction

Giving the Jersey Shore a New Face with New Construction

New construction is big business in America. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than half a million new homes were built in the U.S. during 2013. With a market share around 10 percent, the U.S. is the second largest construction market in the world. These numbers speak to the expansionist ideals of American citizens. We are builders, expanders, improvers. Good enough is never good enough; we want better. We want best. The state of New Jersey exemplifies this mentality. New York and New Jersey, combined, make up the largest housing market in the country, with a new home completed every 30 minutes. Even in the midst of the devastating effects of super-storm Sandy, new construction in New Jersey has seen a steady increase. In fact, there are those who see the storm-tossed shore as an opportunity, a blank-slate of sorts. Against a backdrop of ruin and rebuilding, a veritable sea of new residential construction has sprung up along the once ravaged Jersey shore. It is charge lead by those who look at the damage wrought by Sandy and see possibility. These people recognize the New Jersey shore as a fertile ground for new construction; new homes and businesses. The nearly 370,000 homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy represent, for those with eyes on new construction, an opportunity to grow, build, and realize their dreams. The pastel painted, single story beach bungalows that were once the staple of shore towns like Ortley Beach, Long Beach Island and Ocean City are slowly being replace with spacious and luxurious dream homes and up-scale apartments; even amid the intensive reconstruction efforts. This ‘new’...
Guide to Working with an HMGP Contractor

Guide to Working with an HMGP Contractor

It has been nearly two years since hurricane Sandy made landfall on the New Jersey shore and, even now, the area is still working to restore itself. Amid efforts to fix the damage caused by the storm, several government funded measures and programs have been implemented in an effort to mitigate the damage caused by future storms. These programs aim to reduce the cost of future emergencies, both in human terms as well as in terms of dollars and cents. Chief among these ‘damage mitigation’ programs is the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Administered by FEMA and authorized under Section 404 of the Stafford Act, the HMGP provides grants to both local and state governments in order to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after the declaration of a major disaster. The goal of the HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property caused by natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented expediently during the immediate recovery after a disaster. To work toward this goal, there are several HMGP contractors working with clients in the effected regions. The funds awarded by the HMGP may be used to fund projects completed by HMGP contractors that will reduce losses from future disasters. For example, programs that provide long-term solutions to hazard mitigation, such as elevation of a home to reduce the risk of flood damages, would fall under the blanket of efforts covered by the HMGP. In order to be awarded HMGP funding, a project’s potential savings must be more than the cost of implementing the project and must protect either private or public property that is...