Philadelphia Housing Authority
Kitchen & Associates
The new Plymouth Hall at 22nd and Venango Streets in the city’s Tioga section replaces an apartment building that was severely damaged by fire in October 2004. Dale Corp. was contracted by The Philadelphia Housing Authority to design and construct a new 55-unit development at the same location to meet the growing demand for affordable senior housing in Philadelphia and to enhance the neighborhood. The renovation effort was spurred by stimulus funding. The new senior building features efficiency and one-bedroom modern apartments, reducing the number of units originally at the site but adding a large community space on the ground floor. Each unit is a model of efﬁciency and has 24-hour on site security. In addition, Plymouth Hall is energy efﬁcient with a green roof to help reduce energy costs and prevent water runoff that would tax the city’s sewer system. Seniors can also use the roof deck to relax and socialize, something important in a neighborhood where there is no park within walking distance or other outdoor activity space. The apartments at the new Plymouth Hall have Energy Star appliances and light fixtures, and allow residents to have access to telephone, cable TV, and internet service in their living room, bedroom and kitchen. Fifteen of the units are fully accessible while one of them is designed for hearing impaired individuals.