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Charred nursing home in Roxborough to be replaced by new twin home cul-de-sac development

While much has been going on with Roxborough's commercial corridor and historic preservation near the Manayunk Wall, there is also new residential development knocking on the Northwest Philly neighborhood's door. Kingsley Court is proposed for the site of the abandoned and decrepit Ivy Ridge nursing home at Ridge Ave. near Walnut Ln. Kingsley is designed to be a twin home development with a cul-de-sac street to be built. 

Kingsley Court's developer, Stephen Goldner, says the both of the twins will have side and rear yards, four bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 2,200-2,500 sq. ft. Each house will also have a formal living and dining room, and a country kitchen. The developer anticipates most of the homes will be priced in the low-$300,000 range, while some of the higher-end twins at the cul-de-sac might be closer to $350,000. Each home should come with a tax abatement. 

Not only are these new houses, they will mark a new era for the surrounding neighborhood. The Ivy Ridge Personal Care nursing home was last open in 2008. Since then, "the facility had been languishing in the neighborhood," says Goldner. He adds that it has been victimized by fire and break-ins. In addition, Kingsley Court will add a new street to Roxborough. While City Planning Commission staff recommended a through street to not interrupt the city's grid system, there was very little support for that. Ultimately, the City Planning Commission voted to recommend Goldner's cul-de-sac.

Goldner boasts of strong support for Kingsley in the neighborhood, including from the Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association (WNCA), local Councilman Curtis Jones, and many of the near neighbors. There were grave concerns in the neighborhood about drivers using a new through-street to get to Ridge Ave. by bypassing Walnut Lane, which would have been creating "a dreadful hazard," says Goldner.

While the City Planning Commission recommended approval for Kingsley Court, Goldner still has a number of steps to take before he can start construction. First of all, the developer doesn't currently own the land, although he says he has "it under agreement." In addition to transferring the land into his name, he still has to go in front of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). He assumes he'll have little trouble with the ZBA, as he expects letters of support from WNCA and other community interests. He hopes to begin construction and marketing soon after ZBA approval.

Source: Stephen Mark Goldner   
Writer: Andy Sharpe

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