LANCASTER – HDC MidAtlantic (HDC) is working with Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity to bring affordable homeownership opportunities to the West End.
The site at 913 Wheatland Ave. was initially planned to be a phase of HDC’s redevelopment of the former UPMC/St. Joseph’s hospital site, which included affordable rental and homeownership options.
Through a conversation with the community, HDC understood the great need for homeownership opportunities in this area of the City. HDC began exploring this possibility and has determined that homeownership is the best fit for the parcel. Given that HDC does not specialize in homeownership, discussions began with Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity about their potential interest in developing affordable homes at this location.
“We believe in collaborating with community partners to bring additional value to Lancaster,” said Dana Hanchin, President & CEO of HDC. “Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity is an expert in homeownership. As a fellow nonprofit who shares HDC’s vision of a world where a safe, affordable place to call home is available to everyone, we are excited about Habitat for Humanity’s potential development on this site, and we look forward to seeing their progress.”
As the current developer with control of the site at Wheatland Avenue from UPMC, HDC will begin the process of transferring that control to Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity.
“Habitat is committed to preserving old homes and building new ones, as we have for over 30 years in the City of Lancaster,” said Andrew Szalay, President & CEO of Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity. “We will look to the neighbors, the City, and our many construction volunteers and experts to build homes that suit the West End neighborhood and the future needs of the City’s homeowners.”
HDC is continuing to partner with Baltimore-based firm, Washington Place Equities (WPE), for the larger redevelopment of the former UPMC/St. Joseph’s hospital site. Total combined investment is expected to be $90 million for all phases.
About HDC MidAtlantic
HDC MidAtlantic envisions a world where a safe, welcoming, affordable place to call home is open to everyone. We believe home shouldn’t be an impossible dream; it should be an attainable reality. We are resident advocates, trusted developers, property managers, community partners, and collaborators. We are part of the fabric of our towns and cities, and have been working with our neighbors since 1971 to create real change and meaningful connections. As champions of the greater good, we are committed to advancing equity, we open the door to opportunities, and we are proud of the homes we build.
HDC owns and/or manages over 3,400 apartments, providing housing that is safe and affordable to those with lower incomes, focusing on seniors, families, and individuals living with disabilities. Serving nearly 5,000 residents in 72 communities located in urban, suburban, and rural areas across Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland, HDC builds hope and opportunity for all residents to reach their full potential by creating, preserving, and strengthening affordable housing communities.
Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity builds homes, communities and hope for families in need of safe, affordable housing across Lancaster and Lebanon Counties. Since 1986, the organization has built and repaired homes across the region, as well as strengthened communities through its neighborhood revitalization efforts.
Working in partnership with volunteers, Habitat builds homes alongside first-time homebuyers, while also providing them with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful homeowners. Families purchase their home from Habitat with a zero-interest mortgage. Through the stability and affordability that Habitat homes offer, families can build their own build brighter futures. Visit us at www.lancasterlebanonhabitat.org.