December 4, 2002 |
The Camden Housing Authority is applying to the federal government for its third Hope VI grant in less than a decade, officials said yesterday. If the agency wins the $20 million grant for demolishing and redeveloping the Roosevelt Manor low-rise housing project in the city's Centerville section, it will have received nearly $100 million in Hope VI grants in nine years. The previous grants were $42 million in 1993 for the Peter J. McGuire Gardens and $35 million in 2000 for Westfield Acres, renamed Baldwin's Run. Tomorrow, City Council is expected to help move the application along by giving its final nod to an ordinance that would give developers of the project an option to buy several adjacent city-owned lots.
August 13, 1998 |
Not a brick has been laid nor a bit of money spent from last year's $16.4 million federal grant to revitalize housing in this city and South Coatesville. But as the time to begin draws near, there are plenty of ideas - both true and false - about Hope VI, the project that will bring in more money than this area has seen in years. "There's a lot of misconceptions," said Jim Ebi, executive director of Community Builders Inc., a Boston-based developer working with the Chester County Housing Authority.
August 18, 2012 |
As a city, we're acutely aware of each discrete change to our physical surroundings. A new building rises here, a favorite haunt goes dark and vacant over there. Philadelphia, like all cities, changes little by little. So why, then, do the big, historic transformations so often take us by surprise? Those were my thoughts as I stood at 12th and Catharine Streets, gazing across the impeccable lawn of the new Hawthorne Park, at the tidy rowhouses that now cluster so tightly at its edges.
June 20, 1997 |
Plans for a new suburban-style development to replace public housing at Schuylkill Falls depends on winning approval for a $35 million federal grant. It will be the second time at bat for the Schuylkill Falls proposal, which failed when it was submitted last year. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said the first plan submitted by the Philadelphia Housing Authority was too thin on details and lacked any private investment - which HUD believes is needed to get maximum leverage from the federal dollars.
December 22, 1998 |
The Housing Authority has been awarded $3 million for the demolition of an East Camden housing project. The 18 three-story buildings in the 25-acre Westfield Acres complex are to be demolished in about a year, David A. Brown, executive director of the authority, said yesterday. "We at the Housing Authority are elated about this award," said Brown, who took over the authority last month. "It's a step in the right direction. This is one of the many positive things to come for the residents of this authority.
December 29, 1999 |
From a long, narrow office in the heart of downtown Coatesville, Jim Eby spends his days trying to remake the face of the area. To be sure, it is not a glamorous role. As one of the coordinators of Hope VI, a federally funded revitalization project, Eby, 45, is often mired in bureaucratic undertakings such as visits to planning commissions, inspections of housing projects and paperwork. "In one of our newsletters, we joked that what I really do is three-ring binders," Eby said.
June 5, 2004 |
The Camden City Housing Authority has been chosen to receive a $20 million federal HOPE VI grant to jump-start a $150 million revitalization of a large portion of the Centerville section of the city, officials said yesterday. "We're very excited," said Arijit De, executive director of the city's Redevelopment Agency, who worked closely with the Housing Authority to obtain the funding. "It's extremely significant. " In all, 668 affordable apartments and houses, some for rent and others for sale, are planned, and 185 residences in adjacent Everett Gardens are to be rehabilitated, De said.
June 28, 2003 |
For the first time in her life, Maria Cruz had become a homeowner. She had found the perfect patch of suburbia - in East Camden. One of the city's worst drug corners had been transformed into a collection of blue, yellow and white frame homes with vinyl siding, little green lawns, gardens, and A-frame roofs sloping down to porches with white columns. Cruz, 27, broke down and cried yesterday at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new homes as she spoke to a group of dignitaries beneath a tent near 31st Street and Westfield Avenue.
April 29, 2011
A Camden nonprofit was surprised Thursday with $240,950 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide safe housing to victims of domestic violence and a couple of homeless people. The federal housing officials were in town to tour sites such as Cooper Plaza, the Ferry Avenue Library, and Hope VI projects in the Centerville neighborhood as they get ready to invest more resources into urban communities. Camden is at the top of the list, said Adoldo Carrion Jr., New York and New Jersey region administrator for the department.
December 13, 2002 |
Dalia Rodriguez's lips trembled as she struggled to control her feelings yesterday. "I'm very nervous," the 19-year-old nurse's aide said. Rodriguez was excited about cutting the ribbon to the new two-story cottage for her and her 1-year-old daughter as part of a ceremony to celebrate families moving into 49 new homes in East Camden. The ritual is becoming an increasingly common event in Camden, where there has been a recent housing spurt amid efforts to revitalize the city.