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Former Catholic School To Be Converted Into Affordable Senior Housing

St. John Neumann School in Philadelphia, site of future affordable senior housing

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is converting the site of a former high school into affordable housing for residents 62 and older. 

St. John Neumann Place II will contain 52 one-bedroom units for seniors where the St. John Neumann High School once stood at 2627 Mifflin St before it merged with another Catholic high school in 2004. The $15M building will be developed on 1.39 acres of church-owned land, adjacent to the first St. John Neumann Place, which was built in place of the school's old cafeteria in 2008, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The second edition, on which ground was broken in August, will contain a wellness center both for residents and community members who also meet age and income thresholds. That center qualifies the building for Innovation in Design tax credits from the Philadelphia Housing Finance Agency.

The building was designed by Blackney Hayes Architects and will be L-shaped, standing three stories tall. The original St. John Neumann Place has been 100% occupied since it opened, and the second building will have a separate entrance when completed in 2017. [Philly]