Philadelphia Inquirer: Keeping the neighborhood together by converting closed school to housing

December 13, 2015

St. Alice’s parish, once the center of Upper Darby’s Irish and Italian Bywood neighborhood, was merged with St. Laurence in July 2013 by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Once its transformation is complete, the now-deteriorating social-center building will offer one-bedroom apartments for low-income and disabled or handicapped seniors.

Veterans will be encouraged to sign up for housing managed by Presby’s Inspired Life of Lafayette Hill, which will handle applications for the units.

The four-story building will include a community room with a kitchen and a computer lab, laundry facilities on every floor, offices for on-site management and services to assist residents, a medical-screening room for visiting doctors and health-care workers, and a conference room for resident education opportunities.

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