More homes means more families for city neighborhood

Talk about a metamorphosis.

That’s what we see when we look at the area of the city that not that many years ago supported Brodart operations in the 1600 block of Memorial Avenue.

After the facility was razed in early autumn 2013, groundbreaking quickly followed and a 40-unit Memorial Homes apartment complex opened in March 2015.

“We are beginning a new rebirth of a neighborhood,” Mayor Gabriel J. Campana said at the groundbreaking.

Indeed, it was just the start, with townhouses and single-family homes also in the works, with the Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity’s involvement.

With each new home that was built, another family moved in, and through the process an entire neighborhood changed and a renewed sense of pride began to show itself.

Drive through that neighborhood today and it no longer looks like distressed housing in the shadow of industry but a healthy place for children to grow up and where people would want to live.

But don’t think this is the end of development there. The city Redevelopment Authority owns a parcel of land between Stevens and Oliver streets. The land has not gone unnoticed by Habitat, which would like to acquire it to build more homes.

That, in turn, would replace an undeveloped parcel of tax-exempt land with taxable properties, and we are glad to see it getting the endorsement of City Council’s economic revitalization committee. We hope it moves forward.

This is a prime opportunity for more homes, more families and more positive momentum for a prime Williamsport neighborhood.


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