Morning Headlines: Demolition of Queen Lane Apartments Coming Soon-ish

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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.

The 16-story tower is over half a century old and, according to NewsWorks, “has a long history of crime.” Fortunately, PHA, HUD, and other relevant parties signed a legal agreement crucial to the $22 million project moving forward back in February. However, it may still take a few more months for demo prepping to be complete.

Still, the news will most likely come as a relief to others. From NewsWorks:

“Currently, PHA has more than 100,000 people on its waiting list and these 55 units will provide homes for those who need it most.”

Looming Queen Lane Apartments demo considered ‘huge weight lifted off the community’ [NewsWorks]

Moving onto other news…

Retailer Burlington plans store for NE Philly [Philadelphia Business Journal]

AAA ponders options in Pennsport [PlanPhilly]

South Kensington Development In A Nutshell [Hidden City]

Western Philadelphia MoLibraries in DRL and Towne buildings to be repurposed [Daily Pennsylvanian]

ZBA greenlights housing on Mt. Sinai site [Philadelphia Real Estate Blog]

East Falls apartment complex sells for $47.3M [Philadelphia Business Journal]