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Nutter Opens Nugent Senior Apartments

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On April 30, Mayor Michael A. Nutter, joined by members of the community and Nolen Properties, LLC, cut the ribbon to officially open Nugent Senior Apartments, a new 57-unit affordable senior housing complex. The City contributed $2.6 million to the project, which converted the vacant, historic George Nugent Home for Baptists in Mt. Airy into senior housing, including rental units for low-income and disabled seniors.  “Nugent Senior Apartments is an excellent example of what happens when an engaged community and an innovative developer receive support from City government,” said Mayor Nutter. “Working together, we were able to preserve a rich piece of Philadelphia history and create a new use for it that benefits the community.”

The George Nugent Home for Baptists was built in 1895. It had fallen into disrepair by 2002 and considered for demolition. After community intervention, the home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. The Nugent Home was acquired by Nolen Properties shortly
thereafter.  “Nugent Senior Apartments is a historic treasure of this area. We were able to preserve the history of this extraordinary building, restore the original structure, and respect the authentic and distinctive design detail.” said Jim Nolen, President of Nolen
Properties.  In addition to the City funding, Nugent Senior  Apartments received a Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) Low Income Housing
Tax Credit award. The Tax Credits were purchased by PNC Bank.  Nugent Senior Apartments includes a community room, management office,  supportive services office. Each apartment will also have internet access and fiber-optic connectivity. A new addition on the rear of the building offers community space.  The building’s interior renovation maintained, restored or replicated all of the original hallways, including the 10 foot-wide corridors, 12 foot-high ceilings, the four-story Grand Staircase and decorative millwork. The windows meet the original design standards but have been upgraded to energy efficient standards.
In March of 2014, Nugent Senior Apartments was awarded the 2014 Grand Jury Award from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.

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