LOCUST STREET NEIGHBORHOOD
North and Locust Street: another example of SACA’s revitalization success.
The North and Locust Neighborhood is the third cluster in the SACA Homeownership Choice program. It replaced a deserted brownfield with 13 beautiful three-bedroom family homes completed in February, 2011. Like SACA’s earlier projects, these new homes are usually purchased by first-time buyers and often by the first in their family to even dream of owning a home.
Even after decades of paying rent to absentee landlords, many in our community just cannot believe that they could ever buy a home. As Nelson Caldero, a North and Locust buyer told us recently, “A lot of people have been in this city for 30 years or more and they still rent because they don’t have the information and they just don’t think it is possible.”
Nelson talks openly about his personal rehabilitation through imprisonment related to drug use, substance abuse treatment at SACA’s Nuestra Clincia, continued sobriety in a half-way house and finally, successful employment as a drug and substance abuse counselor. As part of his job, Nelson now uses his homeowner status to help others. “It motivates clients,” he said, “because they can see there is hope. When I first came to Lancaster I had no hope.” Now Nelson is attending community college and moving forward. He calls owning a home “a huge experience after everything I went through. To have a house – it is a dream come true.”
PALM STREET NEIGHBORHOOD
Palm Street: revitalizing a city – one street at a time.
The Palm Street Neighborhood is the second cluster in the SACA Homeowner’s Choice program and is distinguished by receiving a 2009 Envision Lancaster County Leadership Award for Community Design and Placemaking.
Redevelopment challenges faced in the Historic Southeast community include narrow, irregular streets, lack of parking and traditional but aging red brick row houses that capture a historical era but are inadequate for today’s modern family.
The Palm Street project met these challenges by combining two older row houses into one modern townhouse, thus providing ample family spaced including three bedrooms with two and a half baths.
By emphasizing intelligent renovation rather than demolition, 12 neighborhood structures, each over 100 years old, were preserved in traditional style. In addition, ten new structures were designed to replicate these buildings so that, taken together, all 16 townhomes retain the area’s historical and cultural dimensions.
On the west side of the street, unattractive and aging garages that exited on street were demolished and replaced with off-street parking spaces for each homeowner. On the east side, a blighted old house and garage were demolished and replaced with a parking lot. The elimination of these structures greatly enhanced pedestrian traffic and increased the attractiveness and overall feeling of stability on Palm St.
The project was completed in Fall, 2009 and quickly sold out to new homeowners. Two new Homeowner Associations were created and continue to operate as an important neighborhood resources.
Plum Street Neighborhood
Scattered Site Housing throughout Lancaster City (125 homes over 25 years)
Cigar Building Apartments