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Ellsworth Street development rises out of the ground

Cedars Village, the affordable senior housing complex that took the place of what was a city-owned parking lot, is starting to take shape just off the Italian Market. The developer, St. Maron’s CDC, plans 64 units on the 22,000-square-foot lot, plus 25 parking spaces and a community garden, according to Plan Philly.

A couple stories already
Another view
The crane’s on the future parking lot
What the finished product will look like

BCM Affordable Housing, a Paoli company, is constructing the five-story building, which only rises three stories along Ellsworth to make it blend in a little more with the neighboring rowhouses. They still have a lot of work to do, though, and our guess is that it will be another eight months before they finish.

The “before” picture, thanks to Naked Philly

Incidentally, the developer is a related venture of the tiny St. Maron’s Catholic Church at 10th and Ellsworth, which has been serving Lebanese immigrants and their descendants in South Philly for 125 years. The connection to Lebanon undoubtedly inspired the “Cedar” in the housing project’s name. The cedar tree is on Lebanon’s flag. See:

You learn something new every day

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2 Responses to Ellsworth Street development rises out of the ground

  1. Kate Clark September 6, 2012 at 3:07 pm #

    This is such an important project for our community. As you may know, Philadelphia has the highest proportion of older persons (age 60+) of any of the 10 largest cities in the United States. These seniors want to remain in their communities for as long as possible (without having to unnecessarily go to a nursing home) and affordable housing like this can make that a reality. Kate (Neighbor & Planner, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging)

  2. P'unk September 7, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    Well said, Kate

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