| Philadelphia- Three
Philadelphia Housing Authority complexes have been recognized by
the Apartment Association of Greater Philadelphia with "Best In
Apartment Living Awards."
The program acknowledges excellence within
the apartment industry in Metropolitan Philadelphia and Southern
New Jersey. The awards demonstrate to the public that a community
has the physical qualities, marketing achievements, and management
caliber necessary to be called one of the Delaware Valley's
"Recognition that these PHA sites are on
par or superior to private market buildings is validation for the
work we do. Quality housing and strong neighborhoods are our
product, so these awards are gratifying," said PHA Executive
Director Carl Greene.
Emlen Arms and Gladys B. Jacobs, two of
PHA's retirement communities, received awards for Curb Appeal.
Another retirement community, Germantown House, received an award
for excellent maintenance.
Pam Bennett, Executive Director of the
Association, said the awards are geared toward recognizing property
maintenance people. This year's contest attracted almost 700
"You are judged by how well you do with
the building & resources you have," Bennett said, emphasizing
that well maintained older sites have just as good a chance of
winning as newer ones. "You can have a 50 year old building that's
maintained and helps the owners to compete in the market." In fact,
Emlen Arms, which was built around 1920, is just such a
"We pay outside professionals (as
judges)," she said. "We fly them in for a week. 5 people for 5
days. They judge the overall excellence and curb appeal
In the Maintenance Award category, GAC
Associates, Inc. of Ardmore, an engineering & consulting firm,
judged the contestants. The written review by the judges is given
to contestants, allowing managers and maintenance folks to review
"When many people think of PHA, they
associate us with all the new communities we have developed in
recent years, but our core business is property management. We
remain committed to the highest real estate industry practices,"
the PHA's Greene said.
The Apartment Association urges winners to
proudly display the award and logo when advertising and
merchandising their communities.
The Apartment Association of Greater
Philadelphia (AAGP) is a non-profit organization representing
multi-family developers, owners and managers in Bucks, Chester,
Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. It is dedicated to
providing the opportunity for quality rental housing.
|The "Best In Apartment Living Awards" acknowledge excellence
within the apartment industry in Metropolitan Philadelphia and
Southern New Jersey.
|Emlen Arms, located in Mount Airy, was recognized by the
Apartment Association of Greater Philadelphia for Curb Appeal at
the association's "Best In Apartment Living Awards."
|Germantown House, one of PHA's retirement communities, was
recognized for excellent maintenance by the Apartment Association
of Greater Philadelphia during their "Best In Apartment Living
|Gladys B. Jacobs, a PHA retirement community in North
Philadelphia, received one of two awards given to the agency for