Upper Holmesburg discusses sale of former Liddonfield site

A cloudy timeline for the re­devel­op­ment of the former Lid­don­field Homes pub­lic hous­ing site is com­ing in­to clear­er fo­cus, ac­cord­ing to the lead­er of the Up­per Holmes­burg Civic As­so­ci­ation.

Dur­ing the group’s monthly meet­ing last Thursday, UHCA Pres­id­ent Stan Cy­w­in­ski re­por­ted that the form­al sale of the prop­erty could be com­plete by the end of the cal­en­dar year. Cy­w­in­ski said he spoke dir­ectly with lead de­veloper John Par­sons of BSI Con­struc­tion last week. Par­sons’ firm is un­der an agree­ment of sale with the Phil­adelphia Hous­ing Au­thor­ity for the 32-acre site at Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue and Megar­gee Street. He is “op­tim­ist­ic” that the fed­er­al Of­fice of Hous­ing and Urb­an De­vel­op­ment will ap­prove the sale with­in weeks.

BSI is work­ing with Holy Fam­ily Uni­versity to re­devel­op the site for a mix­ture of uses in­clud­ing re­tail busi­nesses, uni­versity res­id­ences, uni­versity ath­let­ic fa­cil­it­ies and as­sisted liv­ing or nurs­ing care res­id­ences for seni­ors.

In the mean­time, Cy­w­in­ski said, the civic as­so­ci­ation will con­tin­ue to work with loc­al elec­ted of­fi­cials to im­prove main­ten­ance of the va­cant tract.

“I’d like to see a ground­break­ing soon be­cause pretty soon we’re go­ing to start see­ing trees there in­stead of weeds,” the UHCA pres­id­ent said. ••

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