By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —  The Philadelphia Housing Authority on Tuesday unveiled the new Queen Lane Apartments in Germantown.

The new housing units have already sparked change in the community.

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The Queen Lane apartment highrise building imploded in September of last year.

Fast-forward to the ribbon cutting for 55 affordable apartment units, two and three-story flats.

“Is there any question that this is better than what was,” PHA president Kelvin Jerimiah said.

Jerimiah says the $22 million development marks the end of four-year rejuvenation of aging housing stock near West Queen Lane and Palaski.

Councilwoman Cindy Bass says it’s all about quality of life. “Because the housing quality standard matters, where people live matters,” Bass said.

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“I was bubbling up with tears, I really had to fan myself. It was really overwhelming.”

Sidney Anderson has been living in one room inside a boarding house with her two kids.

She’ll move into a three bedroom apartment in Queen Lane on Friday.

“This is the best gift I could get for Christmas,” Anderson told KYW Newsradio.

Queen Lane will also be home to a marker, which will protect the 18th century potter’s field on the property.


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