The Philadelphia Inquirer: What’s to become of the old Germantown YWCA?

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s city hall reporter Claudia Vargas captured Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ point of view. Bass says that given Germantown’s potential, time is needed to find the right plan for the old Y. “Land in Germantown, I believe, is becoming more and more valuable as we speak.”

What’s to become of the old Germantown YWCA?
The Philadelphia Inquirer

By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
February 13, 2015

The fate of the old Germantown YWCA, a shuttered ruin that now serves only as a symbol of the past, is caught in a dispute over the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood’s future.

Ken Weinstein's plan to build low-income senior housing at the YWCA lost out to concern that there is too much subsidized housing in Germantown. (RACHEL WISNIEWSKI / Staff Photographer)

Ken Weinstein’s plan to build low-income senior housing at the YWCA lost out to concern that there is too much subsidized housing in Germantown. (RACHEL WISNIEWSKI)

A proposal late last year to convert the 100-year-old landmark on Germantown Avenue into low-income senior housing was turned down by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority.

The reason? District Councilwoman Cindy Bass doesn’t want subsidized housing at that location.

“There seems to be a little bit of desperation – ‘Well, let’s take anything that comes along rather than have it torn down,’ ” Bass said. “One of the things I’ve been trying to promote . . . is for people to really think what they would like to have on the site…”

Read the full story in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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