PHA Apparently Getting Desperate With Plans For Queen Lane Apartments


Bas Slabbers, for NewsWorks

Bas Slabbers, for NewsWorks

  • Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) executive director Kelvin Jeremiah tells NewsWorks that his agency is now “seriously considering” a reversal in its plans to demolish Germantown’s Queen Lane Apartments to make way for a $24 million, 55-unit, low-rise development. The alternative—and cheaper—solution might be to gut and rehab the existing structure. With the project in stasis for the past two years due to concerns that any new construction would further desecrate the remains of 18th century African-Americans buried in a communal Potter’s Field, PHA fears it would be unable to re-secure lapsed funding arrangements of nearly $8 million.
  • The Temple News checks in on work on a private residence hall rising at the old John Wannamaker school building site at 12th & Montgomery. The university lost the bid for the lot in 2008 to the Goldenberg Group and adjacent Bright Hope Baptist Church, who paid $10.75 million. The currently unnamed dorm will be ready to go this time next year says Goldenberg senior vice president Kevin Trapper. “‘We want to continue to be good neighbors and an asset to the university,’ Trapper said, while noting that there was no formal agreement between the group and the university regarding the renting process for students.”
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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