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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

Updated Cascia Center renderings feature scaled-down building height

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.

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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.

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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

New Cascia Center plans for Broad and Ellsworth include 10,000 sq. ft. of church space, 62 apartments

The new plans for the St. Rita of Cascia Center at Broad and Ellsworth are a huge change from the single-story facility originally planned as a “peacemaking” facility for the church.

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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.

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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

Updated plans being presented Tuesday for St. Rita of Cascia project at Broad and Ellsworth

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.

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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 →

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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

Senior housing complex and Cascia center for St. Rita’s church could be built at Broad and Ellsworth

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.

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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.

That’s a big change from the one-story building the church originally planned for the site after tearing down the old school two years ago.

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

Inky critic slams design of St. Rita’s plan for Broad and Ellsworth, suggests a great idea

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:

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

Plans for Cascia Center at Broad and Ellsworth presented to neighbors

A plan for a one-story Cascia Center was unveiled last night to neighbors of the “peacemaking” facility proposed for Broad and Ellsworth, where the former St. Rita’s school was just demolished.

First two pics from SBSNA's Facebook page

First two pics from SBSNA’s Facebook page

Officials from the neighboring St. Rita of Cascia Shrine, which would manage the center, told the South Broad Street Neighbors Association that they plan to build a 20-foot-high detached structure that would contain offices for counseling, meeting space and a large community room. Twenty parking spaces would go behind it, between the building and Carlisle Street.

Peter Zutter, president of the SBSNA, said the presentation was not well-received. “No problems with the type of uses, in fact quite good support for the concept, but the one story building of cheap materials did not go over well,” he said. “It is unfortunate that they did not talk to us sooner as it seems they have mostly completed design.”

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

Old St. Rita’s school being torn down at Broad and Ellsworth; Cascia Center happening

Demolition has begun on the former St. Rita’s school at Broad and Ellsworth, the site of the proposed Cascia Center, a “peacemaking” center that is now moving forward.

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Cranes started tearing away at the building Monday, the day a demolition permit was issued. The demolition is for the ’50s era school, which closed around 1990 (not sure about that date). The shrine is not being touched.

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