The vacant public housing tower in Germantown that was going to be imploded on Sept. 14 will now be blown to bits on Sept. 13th instead. Generally, the city tries to do demolitions on Sundays, but has responded to the community’s request that it be Saturday instead, according to PlanPhilly:
At a Thursday night public meeting inside Mt. Moriah Baptist Church — located just steps away from the doomed building — Samantha Phillips, the city’s director of emergency management, said that Mayor Michael Nutter approved a request to move the building’s implosion forward by one day…
“We spent time going to risk management, the police department and other partner agencies to make sure we can do this just as safely on Saturday, and we absolutely can,” Phillips said. “There might be a few more resources out there, but we’re going to get it done.”
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Don’t worry, months of waiting are almost over (but not quite yet)!
PlanPhilly’s Aaron Moselle reports the demolition prepping for the Queen Lane Apartments is still coming along, and that, although an official date has not been set, an October implosion might be in order once the city gives its approval to the Philadelphia Housing Authority.
So why exactly is demo preparation for the sixteen-story building taking so long? Well, it’s a painstaking process to say the least: “Crews have to remove all appliances, cabinetry, debris and other materials from every floor.” (Emphasis mine.) Yikes. Also, let’s not forget it was put on hold when a discovered burial ground was discovered on the property.
Once the building is taken down, a 55-unit building will take its place.
• Crews clearing way for impending Queen Lane Apartments implosion [PlanPhilly]
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It’s been almost two years since the Philadelphia Housing Authority announced plans to demolish the long-vacant Queen Lane Apartments in West Philadelphia, and to replace it with a 55-unit development. What’s another few months?
As it is, the Department of Housing and Urban Development can finally give PHA the go-ahead. The project had been put on pause following the discovery of a historic burial ground in the building’s backyard. The cemetery’s borders have since been asserted, and future construction will not disturb it.
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