Queen Lane Apartments in Germantown Coming Back to Life

After years of community meetings and intense debates and three months after the city imploded the derelict Queen Lane apartment tower, the property is coming back to life as a low-density townhouse complex.

After years of community meetings and intense debates—and three months after the city imploded the derelict Queen Lane apartment tower in Philadelphia’s historic Germantown—the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) will start construction of a brand new residential community that will revitalize the neighborhood.

The old Queen Lane apartment tower was built in the 1950s and designed by architect Thaddeus Longstreth. According to Hidden City Philadelphia, the 16-story building was created as a “non-white,” high-density public housing complex with nearly 120 units crammed into 112,330 square feet of space.

Designed by Kitchen & Associates of Collingswood, NJ, the new Queen Lane development will include 55 affordable and low-density rental units that will blend in with the surrounding neighborhood. According to a press release issued by PHA, the complex will be built around a former “potter’s field” burial ground dating from the late 1790s.

“PHA is delivering on its commitment to have affordable housing on the Queen Lane site and to being a partner in revitalizing this Germantown neighborhood,” said PHA President and CEO Kelvin A. Jeremiah. “We know the Queen Lane neighborhood will benefit from the construction of new, modern affordable housing that matches the existing housing designs. The history and the memory of those souls formerly buried at the site will be recognized. We are honoring our past while building for the future in this historic neighborhood,” he added.

Queen Lane residential complex - close up- Germantown, Philadelphia

Queen Lane residential complex – Germantown, Philadelphia

Scheduled for completion by the end of 2016, the $22 million Queen Lane complex will feature a mix of two-story flats, walk-up apartments, and three-story townhouses. The project will also include a community room and a management office with meeting spaces.

Renderings courtesy of Kitchen & Associates via the Philadelphia Housing Authority