Petra Receives Grant to Assess Affordable Community Site near Philadelphia

by Jeff Shaw

PHOENIXVILLE, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has arranged a $46,125 Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) grant for Petra Community Housing. Petra will use the grant money for an environmental assessment regarding a potential affordable seniors housing community in Phoenixville, approximately 25 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

The site is a vacant brownfield area that formerly housed a grinding wheel operation and steel dumping site. Once the area is assessed and remediated, Petra, a nonprofit that creates affordable housing for seniors, families and individuals with disabilities, plans to construct 48 rental units.

Additionally, Petra plans to construct a 36,000-square-foot multi-services building to enable various service providers to assist community members.

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