HDC believes deeply in collaborating with community partners who share our values and vision of a world where a safe, affordable place to call home is available to everyone through the creation and preservation of affordable housing. When we work together, leveraging our strengths, we are able to bring greater value to the communities we serve. HDC has entered into this kind of collaborative working relationship with Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity to bring affordable homeownership opportunities to Lancaster’s West End neighborhood at 913 Wheatland Avenue.
The site on Wheatland Avenue 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 an open conversation with members of the neighborhood, we understood there was a great need for homeownership opportunities in this area of the City. Given that HDC does not specialize in homeownership, we began discussions with Lancaster Lebanon Habitat for Humanity, a peer nonprofit in the Lancaster area, about their potential interest in developing affordable homes at this location. After conducting their own due diligence, Habitat agreed to take over developing affordable homes on Wheatland Avenue.
“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.”
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.
We are 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.