‘Affordable housing for vets’ under scrutiny by Philly civic group [NEast Philly]

The site plan for affordable housing units at a former Northeast Philadelphia convent. Image/Columbus Property Management
The site plan for affordable housing units at a former Northeast Philadelphia convent. Image/Columbus Property Management

This is a story I wrote, collected sound and took photos for and published to NEast Philly, the hyperlocal news website I own/edit in Northeast Philadelphia.

The Holme Circle Civic Association is doing everything it can to prevent Columbus Property Management’s plans for affordable housing for veterans at the site of an old convent. Why? Because veterans aren’t a protected class of citizens, and the HCCA worries that if too few vets apply for residency, the units will be made available to the general “affordable housing” population, which neighbors fear will attract irresponsible tenants.

The full story is below and originally appeared on NEast Philly with audio commentary and an embedded list of documents related to the project. Continue reading ‘Affordable housing for vets’ under scrutiny by Philly civic group [NEast Philly]

New owners for Stokes property just as Planning Commission enters Holme Circle [NEast Philly]

The Stokes property in Northeast Philadelphia was recently purchased by a developer.

This is a story I wrote, shot video and took photos for and published to NEast Philly, the hyperlocal news website I own/edit in Northeast Philadelphia.

Reporting on civic association meetings is one of the most challenging things I do for NEast Philly. It’s an hour or three spent with residents who have the deepest knowledge of a neighborhood possible. There are often vague references to extinct properties, multiple and disjointed topics of discussion and a free-for-all “new business” discussion.

But every now and then, a group’s meeting comes together in a way that makes it enjoyable to write. And the published product is better for it. Continue reading New owners for Stokes property just as Planning Commission enters Holme Circle [NEast Philly]