July 18, 2014 |
]When her husband died in December, Lauren Davis knew it was time to move. The rent on her rather tired Grays Ferry home was going up, and her landlord was not terribly responsive. The 63-year-old retired teacher's aide feared, however, that she did not have the means to relocate within her beloved neighborhood. "I didn't know what I was going to do," Davis said. The answer was phase two of the Anthony Wayne Senior Housing complex at South 28th and Morris Streets, which was developed by the Altman Group with the backing of City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson.
July 9, 2014 |
A nine-story affordable housing project will break ground at 810 Arch St. in September, thanks to an innovative partnership among nonprofit developers and the city to improve the blighted block. Sister Mary Scullion's Project HOME and the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp. (PCDC) will build the $23.5 million apartment complex on an empty lot on the south side of Arch Street. Expected to be completed by late 2015, the complex will provide 94 efficiency apartments for lower-income rental tenants ranging in age from seniors to children aging out of foster care.
June 28, 2014 |
Although real estate developer Ori Feibush plans to run for Kenyatta Johnson's seat on Philadelphia City Council, the first battle between the men may play out in federal court. Feibush filed a lawsuit late Wednesday accusing Johnson of preventing him from buying two vacant city lots and thwarting his bid to build on a larger tract, both as political retribution. "It's unconscionable to retaliate," Feibush said. "You may not like me - and that's OK - but you have to follow the law. " Johnson previously said he halted the sale of two vacant lots on the 1300 block of South Cleveland Street in Point Breeze because he wanted them set aside as part of an affordable housing strategy championed by Council President Darrell L. Clarke.
June 20, 2014 |
In a historic pact, the city's building-trades unions have agreed to cut their wages and benefits by 20 percent when working on residential construction projects for the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Kelvin Jeremiah, PHA chief executive officer and president, said the pact would, on average, reduce PHA's cost of building a house by $50,000, allowing the public housing authority to increase the number of affordable homes it can build. "This is unheard-of," Jeremiah said Wednesday.
June 16, 2014 |
The acronym alone, COAH, which stands for the Council on Affordable Housing, evokes fear and distrust among some. But the level of opposition to proposed developments with low- and moderate-income units under court-ordered COAH requirements in three Camden County neighborhoods - including a historic golf course - has been surprising even to some longtime housing advocates. Residents who live near the proposed sites - two in Cherry Hill and one in Berlin - are letting it be known they don't want them in their backyards by filing lawsuits, staging sign-holding protests, and/or packing public hearings.
June 11, 2014 |
The developer of a proposed 472-unit apartment complex for Berlin Borough that would include affordable housing requirements was granted a postponement of a hearing for the project by the borough's nine-member Planning Board on Monday night. Richard J. Hoff Jr., attorney for Berlin Multifamily L.L.C., based in Berlin Borough, made the request on the grounds that the project and the interest it has generated required a bigger venue and that issues remained pertaining to the project's street lighting and storm water system.
June 6, 2014 |
MANTUA, Brewerytown, Point Breeze and Grays Ferry are closer to getting new affordable-housing projects after a series of bills passed through a City Council committee yesterday. City Council President Darrell Clarke's favored "Affordable Housing Units Initiative," knocked by critics as akin to Section 8 housing, passed favorably out of the Committee of the Whole, and today goes before the full Council for first reading. Proponents including Beth McConnell, policy director of the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations, say this is the perfect time for the city's land bank to start playing an active role.
June 2, 2014 |
It was a grand and glorious funeral, one that drew hundreds of people onto the streets to honor not a person but a house. There were tears, more than a couple. But also joy, and music and memories, all in celebration of 3711 Melon Street in West Philadelphia. The house began life 142 years ago as a stack of bricks and lumber, and was set to end it on Saturday as a dusty pile of the same, after a ritual demolition. The empty, abandoned home, its roof failing and back wall bulging, was the centerpiece of "Funeral for a Home," an arts project that paid tribute to one home as a way to recognize them all - in a city where demolitions have become commonplace.
May 25, 2014 |
On a rainy day last month, the mayor of Philadelphia helped cut the ribbon on Nugent Senior Apartments in Mount Airy, one of the city's latest ventures seeding real estate developments that it hopes will provide more-affordable housing. Nugent Senior Apartments is one of a string of senior housing properties springing up around Philadelphia, and its developer, Nolen Properties of Manayunk, is about to begin construction on another apartment project for the elderly. Later this year, Nolen will begin construction to convert St. Alice School, a former Catholic education stronghold in Upper Darby, into redeveloped senior-living apartments.
May 13, 2014 |
Amid the commotion of 50,000 people carrying out their lives in Mantua, Deptford, and Wenonah, the towering trees and gentle flow of the Mantua Creek at the former Maple Ridge golf course offer welcome serenity. A six-year fight to preserve those 112 acres is approaching victory, preservationists say, as the state appears poised to sign a contract with a Washington, developer to create Gloucester County's first state park. State Department of Environmental Protection officials are using the working name "Tall Pines State Preserve," a nod to the former golf course's name before it became Ron Jaworski's Eagles Nest and then Maple Ridge.