IV. 2012 – 2017 Master Plan: 6. Initiatives – n. English Language Center

Initiatives

ELC and PSA

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4 thoughts on “IV. 2012 – 2017 Master Plan: 6. Initiatives – n. English Language Center”

  1. The important issue with the development of this site will be finding ways to support Summer and Winter streets as part of the historic, residential, core of Powelton Village. If the 250 – 300 students in this development are steps away from party houses on Summer and Winter, then life for the remaining homeowners becomes impossible. As it is there’s been 56% drop in homeowners on those blocks in the last 10 – 15 years according the Powelton Village Master Plan. Sustaining homeowner residents on these blocks will require active support from Drexel and complimentary development of Drexel and API owned properties in those blocks. Moderate income townhouses for faculty/staff for instance.

  2. The only thing that would support Summer and Winter Street’s private, single family housing would be to demolish PSA and the language lab, and build housing on the site (which could be marketed to faculty and staff). There could be a built-in subsidy along with deed restrictions that forbid renting the properties. The current housing in Powelton and Mantua is a nice combination of being too big, old, inefficient, and in competition with speculators (so too expensive).

    1. The building housing the language center is not a keeper for the long term. PSA would be very serviceable with some investment, and could be re-purposed for apartments.

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