Development more than doubles the number of homes from former 1950’s-era site
(Philadelphia, PA – October 27, 2021)— Sparked by a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) and the City of Philadelphia today celebrated the completion of North Central, a neighborhood revitalized and designed for, by and with the community.
The vision for North Central emerged from recommendations from residents, partners, and stakeholders who sought a more inclusive, resident-centric approach to housing and economic development. It sits upon the former site of the 1950s-era Norris Homes apartments, public housing that had been walled off and hidden from the nearby community. The former Norris public housing site was demolished in two phases – one in March 2018, and the second in Feb. 2019 – to make way for the redevelopment.