People’s Emergency Center Breaks Ground on New Apartments for Low-Income Artists

The new project will provide affordable housing for low-income artists who are essential to the Lower Lancaster Avenue’s identity

Yesterday, People’s Emergency Center broke ground on its new project, 4050 Apartments, which will provide affordable housing specifically designed for low-income artists, a group that is an essential part of the Lower Lancaster Avenue identity.

The project will replace a large vacant lot in West Powelton with a new three-story building with 20 living units designed to house low-income artists, consisting of one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts.  In addition, the new building will provide a community room on the ground floor that will offer arts and educational programming open to the public. 

4050 Apartments will focus a $7.2 million investment on a highly visible vacant lot just off the prominent intersection of 40th Street, Lancaster Avenue, and Haverford Avenue.  The project will bring the combined investment of PEC’s community development corporation into the area to more than $65 million. 

People’s Emergency Center has a community of more than 250 housing units and five educational centers offering job training, parenting and early childhood education, financial education and planning, life skills and technology coursework. In addition, PEC Community Development Corporation has been building affordable housing in the Lower Lancaster Avenue area of Philadelphia’s Promise Zone for more than twenty years.  

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