Twenty months ago, Holy Family University officials posted a six-minute video to YouTube depicting a grand vision for the former Liddonfield public housing project. To date, nary a shovel of dirt has been turned on the barren, 33-acre, publicly owned tract at Torresdale Avenue and Megargee Street.
The Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce last week held a reception at Torresdale-Frankford Country Club for Sister Francesca Onley, who is retiring as president of Holy Family University. Sister Francesca became the school’s fourth president in 1981, and she has overseen much physical growth of the institution. She also led Holy Family’s transition from college to university status in 2002.
By John Loftus
Automobile sales could be returning to the Holmesburg Shopping Center after the local civic association endorsed a zoning variance sought by the property owner last Thursday night.
The Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame last week announced its 2014 inductees. The newest inductees will be Stephen Decatur, Virginia Knauer, Pat Worthington Stopper, Chris Matthews and the Jewish Community Center Klein Branch. The announcement was made during a May 8 news conference at Holy Family University by Sister Francesca Onley, president of Holy Family, and City Councilman Dennis O’Brien.
Thank you for Northeast Hall of Fame nominations
Leaders of the Upper Holmesburg Civic Association have shed new light on behind-the-scenes negotiations involving the redevelopment of the former Liddonfield Homes public housing project.
Upper Holmesburg residents rejoiced in July 2012 when the Philadelphia Housing Authority board endorsed a plan to transform the former Liddonfield public housing project into a new athletic campus for Holy Family University. Yet, the site looks no different today than it did back then.
State Sen. Mike Stack has requested that Gov. Tom Corbett allocate funding from the state’s 2014 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program toward the former site of the Liddonfield Homes.