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Groundbreaking Planned for New PHA Homes at Former Queen Lane High-Rise Site

Philadelphia leaders and dignitaries will gather next week to break ground on a new public housing development rising from the site of a demolished high-rise.

The groundbreaking comes a little more than three months after the former eyesore Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Queen Lane Apartments were demolished.

On Wednesday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, city councilwoman Cindy Bass, housing representatives and Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Pastor Nathan Hasty will join others to break ground on a new 55-unit project that will mix low-rise flats, walk-ups and townhouses.

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It took just 7 seconds to reduce the former 59-year-old, 16-story building to rubble. Before the big blast, a ceremony took place at the intersection of West Coulter and Alfred Streets in part to

The new site will contain a historic, open space and receive a special marker to mark Potter's Field, a burial ground that dates back to the 1700s.

The new housing project came about through community efforts and the signing of a Programmatic Agreement with the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development as well as several historic councils back in February.

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