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Over the summer the plans for a Cascia Center at Broad and Ellsworth returned in a big way. Plans presented back in 2014 were for a single-story facility that would give St. Rita’s church additional space as a “peacemaking” facility. When plans reemerged after receiving criticism for not using the location’s potential, things changed in a big way.
Since the summertime, the plans have been scaled back slightly. Instead of the height being about the same as that of the church, the mixed-use building is now proposed at five-stories.
There is now a seven-story facility planned, with 10,000 sq. ft. on the first and second floors dedicated to activities for the Cascia Center and 62 single-bedroom apartments planned for the upper stories.
This week you’ll have the chance to take a look at update plans for the St. Rita of Casia project that has been talked about at Broad and Ellsworth for years now. The project, which includes the Cascia Center, is a proposed “peacemaking” facility for the church in a location that was once home to the St. Rita’s School.
The last we heard of these plans, they were revised quite a bit from the previous iterations. You’ll have the chance to see these new plans at a preliminary presentation on Tuesday night with the South of South Neighborhood Association. Continue Reading →
St. Rita’s, the church located at 1166 S. Broad St., is looking to build mix its plan for a new Cascia Center with a senior housing complex.
Catholic Health Care Services and the St. Rita Shrine, along with Cecil Baker Partners architecture firm, are planning a multi-level building as a space for large gatherings for the church, with senior housing on the upper floors of the building.
Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron has blasted the proposed one-story design for the conflict-resolution center that St. Rita’s plans to build at Broad and Ellsworth.
While praising the church’s intentions, Saffron, who just last week won the Pulitzer Prize for criticism, questions in her review Friday the use of such a small building and a surface parking lot on such a prominent corner. The school that had been on the plot was demolished earlier this year. (Incidentally, she gave a shout-out to the Passyunk Post.)
But she also proposed a great idea, which apparently has been discussed with city planners: partner with a developer for senior housing and include space for Cascia Center on the ground floor. Says the review: