Northeast Times

Sale progresses slowly

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Little new in­form­a­tion about the Lid­don­field prop­erty sale has trickled to lead­ers of the Up­per Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation, ac­cord­ing to the neigh­bor­hood group’s pres­id­ent, Stan Cy­w­in­ski.

Yet, the com­munity should not in­ter­pret the lull as an op­por­tun­ity to for­get about the sale for a while, Cy­w­in­ski said dur­ing the UHCA’s monthly meet­ing on Thursday.

On the con­trary, neigh­bors should uni­fy and pre­pare to fight for the “Holy Fam­ily pro­pos­al” that the civic group has of­fi­cially en­dorsed.

“[The Phil­adelphia Hous­ing Au­thor­ity] needs money, and I don’t think the Holy Fam­ily pro­pos­al is go­ing to be the wealth­i­est pro­pos­al they’ve re­ceived,” Cy­w­in­ski said.

As re­por­ted earli­er this month in the Times, Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity has teamed with a de­veloper in a plan to buy the 35-acre, former pub­lic hous­ing site and con­vert it in­to a com­bin­a­tion of uses in­clud­ing fac­ulty or stu­dent res­id­ences, as­sisted liv­ing apart­ments for seni­ors and ath­let­ic fields.

Holy Fam­ily and its part­ner, BSI Con­struc­tion, presen­ted their concept pub­licly at a UHCA meet­ing in Janu­ary and at an on-cam­pus news con­fer­ence early this month. City Coun­cil­man Bobby Hen­on, oth­er elec­ted of­fi­cials and oth­er area civic as­so­ci­ations also sup­port the plan.

PHA, which owns the prop­erty, has not iden­ti­fied oth­er bid­ders or their al­tern­ate pro­pos­als pub­licly. Cy­w­in­ski cau­tioned last week that some pro­pos­als might in­clude low-in­come or high-dens­ity hous­ing that might gen­er­ate more in­come for the de­veloper and for PHA, but might not be in neigh­bors’ best in­terests.

The UHCA pres­id­ent also re­vealed that the civic group is plan­ning a fund-raiser to cre­ate a leg­al fund. More de­tails should be an­nounced at the group’s next gen­er­al meet­ing on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m., at St. Domin­ic’s Mari­an Hall, 8504 Frank­ford Ave. ••

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