$26.5M project: NewCourtland to convert vacant school building into a seniors' complex :: Blackney Hayes Architects

$26.5M project: NewCourtland to convert vacant school building into a seniors' complex

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NewCourtland Senior Services has acquired the former St. Bartholomew Catholic School which it plans to transform into a $26.5 million residential and health care complex for senior adults.

NewCourtland plans to convert the site at 5364 Jackson Street, in the Frankford section of Philadelphia, into a seven-story complex with independent living apartments. The property will also feature a LIFE (Living Independently for the Elderly) Center on the ground floor, which will provide health care and supportive services for low-income seniors seeking to remain in their homes for as long as possible.

Gail Kass, president and CEO of NewCourtland, said the nonprofit organization is committed to expanding its model of affordable housing throughout the city, and giving low-income seniors the chance to age in their own homes with the support from its LIFE program.

“We’re excited to expand our footprint in Northeast Philadelphia,” Kass said. “This unique combination of housing and LIFE services will effectively help frail seniors who want to live more independently, outside of institutions and with the health care and supportive services they need to stay healthy and happy.”

The conversion project for the former school will include 42 one-bedroom apartments, with a preference for seniors in the LIFE Program, as well as on-site parking and the LIFE Center. In addition, the building, designed by Blackney Hayes Architects, will feature sustainable elements that promote energy efficiency and conservation.

The complex is expected to open in 2017.