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2 Dec 2011

PHA dedicates Paschall Village, a high performance green development

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December 2, 2011 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: Paschall Village features 100 new homes, 20 of which are wheelchair accessible. The development also incorporates a number of sustainable, green features including central geothermal heating and cooling, solar domestic hot water, solar panels, and a rainwater harvesting/irrigation system.


The Philadelphia Housing Authority has transformed the Paschall neighborhood in Southwest Philadelphia with its newest development, Paschall Village, which features the latest in green technology.


The new 100-home development replaces Paschall Apartments, which was built in the mid-1960s and was outmoded and energy inefficient. The revitalized site improves the aesthetics of the neighborhood with an attractive network of open space, creating a greater sense of community and improving safety conditions while strengthening the neighborhood’s character.


Paschall Village is PHA’s most ambitious green development to date, using high performance green products. It features central geothermal heating and cooling, solar domestic hot water, solar panels, rainwater harvesting/irrigation system, hardwood floors, and Energy Star fixtures and equipment.


PHOTO: PHA Admin. Receiver/Exec. Dir. Michael P. Kelly (center) cuts the ribbon as part of the dedication ceremony for the agency’s newest development, Paschall Village in Southwest Philadelphia. Also pictured from left to right: Acting Deputy Regional Administrator for HUD Richard Ott, Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School Principal Alphonso Evans, Director of Development for the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Holly Glauser, City Council President Anna Verna, and Resident Liaison Nellie Reynolds.


“Paschall Village is a shining example of PHA’s commitment to building green, energy efficient, sustainable developments,” said Michael P.Kelly, PHA Administrative Receiver/Executive Director. “We intend to be a leader and set an example in this field. Philadelphia has always been an incubator for innovation in many areas, and this new site fills the bill.”


The new Paschall offers 1, 2, and 3 bedroom homes ranging from 700 to 1,550 square feet. Twenty of the units are handicapped accessible. The site also contains a 4,000 square foot community center and management office building with a computer lab.


Funding for the $38 million development came from several sources including stimulus funds specifically designated for energy-efficient developments, low income housing tax credits (private equity), and Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program Funds from the state. Over the last two quarters of 2011, the Paschall development has averaged 102 full time equivalent positions in 18 building trades. Stimulus funding paid for a third of those positions.


“Everyone can be proud of the new Paschall Village development,” said Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Executive Director Brian Hudson. “It will be a wonderful place to live, with an attractive design, energy efficient construction, and easy access to public transportation. Plus, it will be a great complement to the residential and commercial mix of Southwest Philadelphia.”


Paschall Village is bounded by 72nd Street, Paschall Avenue, Cobbs Creek Parkway, and Lloyd Street in Southwest Philadelphia.

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