Letsche School Adaptive Re-Use

Letsche School Adaptive Re-Use
Development Address: 
1530 Cliff Street
Aligns with Master Plan
Catalyst Communities
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November 2020 - Submitted to DRP

  • Adaptive Reuse of the Historic Letsche School located on Cliff Street
  • Proposed 46 unit development; 41 units inside the building + community space & new construction of 4 Townhomes on two adjacent vacant parcels
  • Mixed income development with 38 (82%) affordable units and 8 (18%) market rate units
  • Seeking URA vacant parcels to provide green space for a children's Tot Lot
  • Includes 36 parking stalls
  • DRP conducted an internal review at the December meeting and invited the developer to formally present

January 2021 - Presented to the DRP

  • Catalyst Communities formally presented to the DRP during the January 6th meeting
  • Project received a score of 84% B against the GHDMP
  • DRP requested additional strategy on how development plans to incorporate and honor the history of the building into the redevelopment

February 2021 - Presented to the Community

  • Catalyst Communities formally presented to the community during the First Quarterly Community Meeting
  • The project received a community score of 76% and an overall score of 80%
  • A letter of support was issued for the project

March 2021 - Revisited the DRP

  • The Development team revisited the DRP to disclose information involving ownership changes to Catalyst Communities, previously not shared
  • Catalyst Communities is now a branch of Beacon Communities, a Boston based firm with approx 15,000+ units in our region
  • Michael Polite is now Partner & VP, overseeing development in Pennsylvania & Ohio
  • The development project now has transitioned from a Majority MBE Owned Project, to a Minority MBE Owned Project
  • An Amended Letter of Support was issued for the project

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