Private Industry Group Cites 3 PHA Developments for Excellence
    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 best. 

    "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 entries. 

    "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 building. 

    "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 awards." 

    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 their practices. 

    "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 Awards."

Gladys B. Jacobs, a PHA retirement community in North Philadelphia, received one of two awards given to the agency for Curb Appeal.