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New Phoenix Court earns state praise for authority



NEWS-ITEM FILE PHOTO Frank Marcinek, vice chairman of the Northumberland County Housing Authority board, addresses the gathering at the May dedication of Phoenix Court, which has earned the Bellamy Award, a statewide recognition of innovative rehabilitation ideas.

NEWS-ITEM FILE PHOTO Frank Marcinek, vice chairman of the Northumberland County Housing Authority board, addresses the gathering at the May dedication of Phoenix Court, which has earned the Bellamy Award, a statewide recognition of innovative rehabilitation ideas.

MILTON — The Housing Authority of Northumberland County (HANC) recently received the Pennsylvania Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies (PAHRA) highest level of recognition by receiving the Bellamy Award for Phoenix Court Apartments, located in Atlas.

Each year, PAHRA recognizes members who have implemented innovative ideas, explored successful entrepreneurial activities, exhibited excellence in design, shown progressive program operations, provided outstanding customer service or supportive services in a unique way or created a lasting impact on their communities.

Like the proverbial Phoenix rising from the ashes, Phoenix Court is an affordable senior housing development, complete with supportive services, that was constructed on a site where fire destroyed a number of blighted properties. It’s another example of Northumberland County’s proactive strategy to eliminate blighted properties in their communities, the authority reports.

“Throughout the blight meetings over the past several years, the development team continually sought a ‘game-changer’ investment project to show the redevelopment opportunities that exist on previously blighted lots,” the authority reported in a press release. “The Phoenix Court project grew into that ideal redevelopment opportunity.”

In receiving the award, Edward Christiano, executive director, recognized the following public and private community partners: Northumberland County commissioners, state Sen. John Gordner (R-27) and Rep. Kurt Masser, Mount Carmel Township supervisors, FNB Bank and the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

For more information about Phoenix Court Apartments, contact the authority at 570-339-5844.