PHA's proposed layout of the Queen Lane redevelopment.
PHA demolished the Queen Lane high-rise at 301 W. Queen Lane in
Germantown and plans to construct 55 new, affordable rental units
for individuals and families.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why is PHA not building homeownership units at the new Queen
- There is a critical need for affordable rental housing in the
City and in the Germantown neighborhood.
PHA has built homeownership units at some of its new, mixed income
developments in the recent past. Unfortunately, the HOPE VI funding
used to build these rental and homeownership developments is no
longer available. In addition, it's very important to note that the
current housing market is discouraging for new home sales.
Please be advised that PHA's Homeownership Department does offer
opportunities through its homeownership counseling program; its
Housing Choice Voucher (HCV - formerly Section 8) Homeownership
Program, and its 5H Homeownership Program for scattered sites
residents wanting to buy the house they currently occupy. You can learn more about PHA's
Homeownership Programs here.
- What will happen to Kelly Playground?
- Housing will be built along the periphery of the site,
including a portion of what is now the playground. PHA is working
with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on
the Section 106 historical preservation process. Learn more about
the 106 process at HUD's website.
- Will construction disturb the burial grounds?
- PHA's intent is to avoid disturbing the potter's field. The
Queen Lane high rise was constructed on a portion of the potter's
field which was "a burial place for all Strangers, Negroes and
Mulattos as Die in any part of Germantown, forever." The field
dates back to 1755 and PHA is sensitive to the historic nature of
the sites. PHA staff is working with experts to address any
- How will the community benefit?
- PHA's redevelopment efforts positively impact the communities
we serve. Crime rates have dropped dramatically while property
values have risen in neighborhoods where PHA demolished high-rises
and rebuilt modern developments. PHA's construction efforts are
also an economic engine that creates jobs for the community.
Between October 2009 and October 2010, there were 2,055 new hires
for PHA construction projects. Almost 30% of the new hires were
public housing residents or low-income residents of the
metropolitan area. In addition, the demolition of the high-rise,
the development of 55 new units and treatment of the potter's field
will improve the aesthetics of the neighborhood. Community members
will also have access to the new community space at Queen
- What services does PHA offer to residents?
- PHA offers a wide variety of services to residents including
education, job skills training, job placement, healthy lifestyle,
nutrition, recreation and independent living programs for youth,
adults and elderly residents. A service coordinator will be
available on site part-time at the new Queen Lane development as
Phase I Archaeological Survey
Maps and Renderings
The implosion was held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 7:15
a.m. PHA outreach workers conducted surveys and provided the
following information about the implosion.
Community Meeting Minutes
- January 5,
- January 19,
- March 29,
- March 13,
- August 7,
- August 14,
- December 4,
- March 12,
30, 2015 (Presentation)
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