Nutter, Greene Announce $22 Million Dollars for Philadelphia
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Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said the city is fortunate to have Carl Greene on its team to attract federal investment in affordable housing and neighborhoods.


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The redevelopment of Mantua includes a mixture of walk-up apartments, duplexes and scattered-site buildings. This rendering shows the inside of what will be known as Mantua Square.
PHA Executive Director Carl Greene visited Mantua today to announce an additional $22 million in federal stimulus funds for the Philadelphia Housing Authority.These funds are in addition to the $91 million that PHA received earlier this year through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act formula funding and the nearly $14 million in competitive grants announced Monday. 

PHA sought capital funds in all four of HUD's competitive grant rounds and was successful in all but one round, bringing PHA's housing stimulus total to $127 million.

The first competitive grant, totaling $13.9 million, was announced Monday and will help PHA demolish and rebuild the outmoded Paschall Apartments in southwest Philadelphia. The second and third grants, announced today, will provide $10 million for new construction at the former site of Mantua Hall in West Philadelphia and $12 million for wheelchair accessibility upgrades at four existing PHA sites.

"When it comes to attracting investment for affordable housing and neighborhood revitalization for the City of Philadelphia, we are fortunate to have Carl Greene on our team," said Mayor Nutter. "Today, PHA is maximizing these federal resources, creating jobs, expanding affordable housing and rebuilding entire neighborhoods."

"PHA worked aggressively to attract these competitive grants and we'll be working even harder in the coming months to put them to work in neighborhoods across the city," said PHA Executive Director, Carl Greene. "These grants will help fund new construction here in Mantua and make four of our family developments more accessible for persons with disabilities."

PHA's redevelopment plan for Mantua includes a mixture of walk-up apartments, duplexes and scattered-site buildings. An outmoded 18-story high-rise was demolished on the site in March, 2008 to make way for 101 homes, which were designed to blend in nicely with the surrounding urban fabric of three-story homes.

The four older sites that will receive the accessibility upgrades are Wilson Park in South Philadelphia, Fairhill Apartments, Johnson Homes and Harrison Plaza, all in North Philadelphia.