Villa Chapel

Still waiting patiently on H.A.N.D.S.

Feb 05 2014

Last Spring, after nine years of effort, all three Villa Chapel owners were ready to sign an agreement with the non-profit Preservation Erie to allow efforts to stabilize and re-purpose the building to move forward. The primary owners, Penrose Properties of Philadelphia (80%) had been willing for almost a decade. The managing group and 10% owners, H.A.N.D.S. - Housing and Neighborhood Development Service - said they would sign as soon as the other 10% owners agreed - the S.S.J. (Sisters of Saint Joseph.) But, and after almost two decades of stating the impossibility of reusing the chapel, the C.E.O. of H.A.N.D.S., Mr. Chuck Scalise, reportedly asked the Sisters to delay signing while he pursued the idea of renovating the chapel into four apartments.

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