PHA says Queen Lane Apartments on track for December opening

A little over a year since the dramatic implosion of the deteriorating, 16-story Queen Lane Apartments, a $22 million development of rental homes is close to completion on the site.

Applications from those who'd like to live were accepted by the Philadelphia Housing Authority last week, and a ribbon-cutting for the development of townhouses is scheduled for Dec. 9.

Just about everyone is very satisfied with the change on the site bordered by Queen Lane, Pulaski Avenue, and Penn and Priscilla streets.

Lisa Hopkins, a founder of Northwest Neighbors, said the new homes will "allow the quality of life to be restored back to this area," with a much needed increase in the assets and property values of the surrounding neighborhood. "Any new type of development is a plus in this part of Germantown," Hopkins said.

PHA president and CEO Kelvin Jeremiah visited on Sept. 30 to check on progress at the site. "I'm amazed how the construction is redefining the location," and the project is having ripple effects throughout the neighborhood, he said.

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Alan Jaffe, Contributor

Alan Jaffe has been a contributing writer for PlanPhilly since 2008, focusing on overlooked buidlings and historic preservation issues. He was a writer and editor in the newspaper industry for nearly 30 years, including eight at the Philadelphia Inquirer and nine at the South Jersey Courier-Post. He is currently the director of communications for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. He is also an antiques writer and collector and the author of “J. Chein & Co.: A Collector’s Guide to an American Toymaker.”

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