PHA Begins Construction of Its Consolidated Headquarters in Sharswood/Blumberg

HQ Groundbreaking

PHA is investing $45 million into its headquarters on Ridge Avenue as a part of the Sharswood/Blumberg Transformation plan. Today was the groundbreaking.

Pictured ( L to R) - PHA Board Vice -Chair Herb  Wetzel, Rev.Nash, Faith and  Deliverance Outreach Ministries,  Council President Darrell L. Clarke, President & CEO Kelvin A.Jeremiah, Mayor Jim Kenney, B.S.C.C. A. Board Chair Warren McMichael,
PHA Board Chair Lynette Brown--Sow,  Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell,  PHA Commissioner Asia Coney , Susan Stanton, Curtis Thomas office.

Outward looking structure will anchor Ridge Avenue Commercial Corridor

(Philadelphia, PA - June 21, 2017) - The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) broke ground today at the site of its new, modern, energy efficient headquarters in North Philadelphia, part of the agency's plan to help rejuvenate the Ridge Avenue commercial corridor.  Once complete, the $45 million complex will consolidate several of PHA's operations and administrative functions at one site.  The building's design, featuring large glass windows, is intended to convey transparency and an outward looking agency.

 "By consolidating its offices into a new headquarters building in Sharswood, PHA is making a strong statement about its commitment to this long-neglected part of our city," said Mayor Jim Kenney. "The beginning of construction on this building, and soon a supermarket next door, and a new high school opening in September together represent tremendous momentum that the members of this community have wanted and needed and deserve." 

 "This is the next important step in the Sharswood/Blumberg transformation effort. The PHA will be the anchor along the revitalized business corridor by consolidating its operations in the neighborhood and investing over $45 million in the development and construction of its headquarters on Ridge Avenue-the single largest investment by a public entity since the 1960s riots.  PHA will relocate hundreds of employees to its new headquarters coupled with the hundreds of daily visitors and contractors-all of whom will need services from dry cleaning to restaurants and banking," said PHA President and CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah. "The change in zoning, from various designations to a singular focus, allows for mixed-used development. The PHA looks forward to other businesses joining us along the corridor to bring the amenities that every community wants and deserves.  This project would not have been possible without the support and funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). I'd like to extend my deep appreciation to Secretary Ben Carson and his team, led by Dominique Blom." 

"The new PHA complex represents a creative approaching to revitalizing neighborhoods while making sure all Philadelphians, regardless of income, are able to live in a community of choice," said Council President Darrell L. Clarke (5th District). "This $45 million investment in the Sharswood/Blumberg area will create jobs during construction and well after construction, by placing more residents and workers on the Ridge Avenue corridor. Other cities are watching what we do here, so let's proceed with intention and ensure that this community sets the standard for what affordable housing can achieve."

"Economic opportunities and housing opportunities are one and the same, and everyone has a right to both," said Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell (3rd District). "Our goal in City Council is to make sure every Philadelphian, regardless of who they are, has equal access to opportunities. I'm so proud that all of our partners here, especially PHA President Jeremiah, share in our vision for the Ridge Avenue commercial corridor."

 The PHA board of commissioners approved a contract in April 2016 with the joint venture of Shoemaker Construction Co. and Synterra, Ltd., for the construction of the new building. The new location, located on a triangular site along the east side of Ridge Avenue between Jefferson and Master Streets, will allow for the consolidation of several housing authority offices at one location, as well as the development of an adjacent Save-a-Lot grocery store.

The 5-story building will have approximately 136,000 square feet of floor area. The ground floor of the building will include a retail area and a café. These facilities will serve employees and neighborhood residents, and provide those residents with job opportunities.

 PHA is currently headquartered in offices located at 12 S. 23rd Street. The current lease runs out at the end of March 2018. The agency has other offices at several locations across the City. Employees now working at 23rd Street will temporarily move to those locations until the new building is ready. 

PHA's new home will contain 50 parking spaces. It will also feature 18 Indego bicycle docks along Jefferson Street and Ridge Avenue, with another 26 bike parking spaces on and around the property. Also, the new PHA Headquarters building is designed to achieve LEED Certification rating; the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, and will meet the latest applicable Energy Star Standards.
The building is scheduled to be completed Fall 2018.