Is this what we all wanted? Did we all agree to have NTI (Neighborhood Transformation Initiative) funds for Germantown spent on the former Germantown YWCA 5820 Germantown Ave? it is my understanding there was a valid bid submitted to the PRA (Phila Redevelopment Authority)through a public rfp (request for proposal) process (see below). 12 people/organizations looked one bid. The bidder was prepared to do a historical renovation of the building and offer 50 units for senior rental housing which in 15 years could change to owner occupied units. Additionally the private properties next to this were to be renovated for commercial use and fair market rental housing on the 2nd floor. The Councilwoman rejected this. This would have saved the Y. WHY?
We would like to see NTI money used for stabilizing the many vacant properties, cleaning, greening and fencing (post and rail wood fence) the many vacant lots for better quality of life and curb appeal on many of the blocks in Germantown. It would go a much further and do more for Germantown and Germantowners .
Now we have another boarded up/vacant property with “curb appeal” vulnerable and waiting…
(Having spent millions on it in the process.)
-Allison Weiss 215 843 5555 Pamela Bracey-Brenda Cherry
SoLo/Germantown Civic Association RCO
Germantown Town Hall RFP: The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (“PRA”) invites competitive proposals from developers to purchase and rehabilitate the structure at 5928-30 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. All questions and requests for additional information should be directed in writing to Jessie Lawrence at email@example.com. Questions will only be accepted until October 20, 2014. Questions and/or requests for additional information and the PRA’s responses to them will be posted on the PRA website. Applications are due to the PRA no later than November 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm. Download RFP // Insurance Requirements // Exhibit A // Exhibit B // Exhibit C // Exhibit D // Exhibit E // Exhibit F // Exhibit G // Exhibit H //
Germantown YWCA RFP:The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority invites competitive proposals from developers to purchase and rehab the structure at 5820-24 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. All questions and requests for additional information should be directed in writing to Brian Romano at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions will only be accepted until October 20, 2014. Questions and/or requests for additional information and the PRA’s responses to them will be posted on the PRA website. Submissions are due to the PRA no later than November 13, 2014 at 3 pm.
In this op-ed architect and Design Advocacy Group chair Kiki Bolender makes the case for rowhouse preservation programs as a way to improve resident health and well-being while stabilizing rowhouse blocks. The Design Advocacy Group is leading the Healthy Rowhouse Project and the issue of healthy houses is also a plank in this year’s Next Great City platform.
How many times have you heard Philadelphia described as a city of neighborhoods? We have a huge affordable housing asset in our blocks and blocks of rowhouses. But many of those homes are deteriorating and their owners have to make choices between buying food or fixing the roof. In 2012, 38% of homeowner households earned less than $35,000 a year. Leaky roofs and the mold and dampness that follow are making the residents sick. Asthma in particular is a fast growing public health problem, and dozens of studies have shown how the conditions inside a house are inextricably linked to the health of the residents.
The Healthy Rowhouse Project advocates for repair and preservation of existing occupied houses as a key part of housing policy under the next administration. This coalition of design and health professionals seeks to reduce blight, abandonment and homelessness. The focus is on the rowhouse because it is Philly’s iconic building type. And focusing on repairs to one building type will help us get the repairs up to scale. So….why now?
NEIGHBORHOODS NEED HELP
A deteriorated house hurts all of the properties around it, spreading water damage and vermin, and removing building owners’ motivation to invest in their buildings. Our neighborhoods have lost thousands of affordable homes to abandonment over the past sixty years. Vacant and abandoned properties blight neighborhoods, take away hope, and thwart the good work in affordable housing by non-profits and private developers. Now that Philadelphia is growing again there is no reason to lose more.
Feb 24 2015 Our Original Position:
Councilwoman Bass: Please reconsider and accept the Mission First bid received through PRA RFP. It would save the important historic Women’s Y 5820-24 Germantown Ave. and start market rate rental and commercial development next door to it. This is a positive start. Let’s not let this opportunity pass us by and allow the building to deteriorate anymore. There are many others to go on to save and redevelop in Germantown. Although we may all want something else saving the building through this development is POSITIVE. (As good neighbors perhaps Mission First would consider sponsoring a yearly concert in Vernon Park, contributing something to care, maintenance and improvements to the park and or some additional lighting and security.)
Solo/Germantown Civic Association RCO
Allison Weiss-Nettie Boykin-Pamela Bracey-Brenda Cherry