Media Advisory: Michaels, NJ Tree Foundation Team Up for Camden Tree Planting Event October 20

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Trees planted by community volunteers will enhance Morgan Village neighborhood, site of Michaels’ newest affordable housing community

The Michaels Organization and the New Jersey Tree Foundation, with support from the City of Camden, the Morgan Village Circle Community Development Corp., and the Housing Authority of Camden County, will host a community tree planting with the residents of the 700 Block of Woodland Avenue in Camden on Oct. 20. A group of some 40 volunteers from the neighborhood and community groups are expected to help plant 15 new large shade trees and flowering plants, which residents and The Michaels Organization have pledged to “adopt” to ensure their care and well-being over the next five years. The Michaels Organization sought out a partnership with the respected NJ Trees Foundation—which has enhanced neighborhoods throughout the state with trees—after the recent completion of its newest affordable housing community, Morgan Village, which Michaels developed in partnership with the Housing Authority of Camden County.

Saturday, October 20, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to Noon.

Volunteers will gather at 730 Woodland Avenue, Plantings will take place all along the avenue.

The Honorable Dana L. Redd, Mayor, City of Camden

Morgan Village, a mixed-income rental community for low and moderate income families, is a joint development of The Michaels Development Company and the Housing Authority of the City of Camden. It is located in the Morgan Village neighborhood of Southern Camden and is part of the revitalization underway in the Branch Village Neighborhood . The community tree planting event, organized by The Michaels Organization and the NJ Tree Foundation, will add natural beauty to the neighborhood with the addition of 15 large shade and flowering trees along the street and will help to “connect” the Morgan Village development via a “greenway” with nearby residential areas. Additional benefits of the trees include:

  • Increasing property values
  • Reducing “urban heat islands” by providing a neighborhood cooling effect.
  • Reducing noise pollution by absorbing sounds.
  • Adding vibrant color to the neighborhood in the fall, and cooling green to the street in the spring and summer.

About The Michaels Organization
The Michaels Organization is a family of eight integrated but independent companies dedicated to excellence in affordable, mixed-income, military, and student housing. Our mission is to create attractive residential communities for families, seniors, military service members, and students that stand the test of time and that are managed to maximize long-term value for residents as well as investors. Serving more than 100,000 residents in 340 communities across 33 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and with a development portfolio valued in excess of $3 billion, The Michaels Organization is a national leader in the residential real estate industry, with full service capabilities in development, property and asset management, construction, mortgage finance, and tax credit syndication. Visit for more information

About the NJ Tree Foundation
The New Jersey Tree Foundation is reforesting NJ’s most urban cities, where the need is greatest. Through tree planting, volunteerism and partnerships, we assist numerous communities in improving their environment and quality of life. In fourteen years, the NJ Tree Foundation has planted over 155,000 trees across the state with volunteers, by hand.

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