Westminster Place Brings Senior Housing and Sustainability Together
Affordable, quality senior housing in the context of a walkable community can be achieved. Private-public partnerships can go a long way to providing housing choices for our seniors.
Westminster Place at Parkesburg is a not-for-profit apartment facility for low and moderate-income residents 55 years of age and older, located at 320 West First Avenue in the heart of Parkesburg. This four-story, 72-unit rental facility is also a mixed-use development with the availability of over 3,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor.
What sets this project apart is the partnership formed between the municipality and developer to convert a vacant industrial site into a quality, mixed use project in the heart of the Borough.
Westminster Place takes advantage of the Borough's walkable character and the convenient proximity to parks, shops and services. Public transportation is available at the front door, provided by the "Coatesville Link" with connecting service to the Brandywine Hospital, shopping, employment areas, as well as bus and rail lines. Westminster Place also includes a tree-lined pedestrian path linking West First Avenue with the Borough's Minch Park, paved entirely with tiles made from recycled tires.
Westminster Place is a designated "green" building with a focus on environmentally sound construction materials that have minimal impact on the environment. The community is also concerned about promoting a healthy environment, and is one of the few residential communities that prohibit tobacco use by all of its residents, staff, and volunteers.
Parkesburg Borough was very supportive and accommodating of this project, and worked in partnership with the developer, the Housing Development Corporation of Lancaster County. The location of this senior housing community promotes the housing objectives in the Chester County Comprehensive Plan, Landscapes2, which designates this area as an Urban Landscape.