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Groundbreaking for Redevelopment of North Hills Manor Celebrated

June 26, 2017

State and local officials celebrated the groundbreaking at North Hills Manor for a $17 million redevelopment project that will replace 50 units of outdated public housing. North Hills Manor was built in 1954 by the Montgomery County Housing Authority (MCHA) and has a longstanding history in the community of providing affordable homes for generations of residents.  The property is now antiquated, with obsolete systems, an aging façade, and limited accessible features.  To maintain North Hills Manor as a viable affordable housing asset, the MCHA has partnered with Pennrose Properties, LLC to demolish and reconstruct North Hills Manor in accordance with today’s best practices for quality housing.

The existing 50 units of housing will be demolished and replaced with 50 new apartment units ranging in size from one to four-bedrooms layouts located in 17 residential buildings. The redevelopment will also feature a brand-new community building that will include a community room, computer lab, and property management offices.

The modernized townhouse and twin style apartments will include modern kitchens, including dishwasher, spacious closets, ceramic tiled bathrooms, resident controlled heating & cooling, and washer/dryers. All buildings will be LEED certified.

Speakers at the presentation included Joel A. Johnson, executive director, Montgomery County Housing Authority; Anthony Luker, district office director, Office of U.S. Representative Brendan Boyle, Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District; Monica Hawkins, director of the Office of Public Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Philadelphia field office; Valerie A. Arkoosh, M.D., MPH, chair, Montgomery County Commissioners; Kenneth E. Lawrence, Jr., vice chair, Montgomery County Commissioners; Ira S. Tackel, president, Upper Dublin Township Board of Commissioners; Kathleen Joyce, district director, Office of Pennsylvania Representative Madeleine Dean; William Bailey, senior development officer, Pennsylvania Housing Finance, Agency; Dan Fitzpatrick, president, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania; and Mark H. Dambly, president, Pennrose Properties, LLC.

“The MCHA is thrilled to lead the effort to make this significant investment in Upper Dublin Township to ensure North Hills Manor will continue to provide affordable rental units for generations to come,” said Joel A. Johnson, executive director, MCHA.

“We are pleased to be partnering again with the Montgomery County Housing Authority,” said Mark H. Dambly, president of Pennrose Properties, LLC. “These new high quality, affordable homes will have a tremendous impact not only on the residents who will have the opportunity to live in them, but also the neighborhood they are a part of.”

Total redevelopment cost will be approximately $17 million. Nearly $11.6 million in LIHTC equity was awarded to the project by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency with Citizens Bank as the tax credit investor. Additional funding was provided by the Redevelopment Authority of Montgomery County and a permanent loan from Citizens Bank, NA.