This process is a major step for the Philadelphia LGBT community, notes gay rights activist Mark Segal, dhmf Board President. Segal explained, while there are many demographic studies on seniors in Jewish, African American, Protestant and a host of other communities, there aren't many on gay seniors. "It's a new frontier, "he said. "But what we've seen in city after city after city is that LGBT people have the same problems as anybody else. So what we're doing is creating a community for elderly LGBT people where they can feel safe, secure and grow old, and have a very decent form of life.
The 56-apartment project will cost $19.1 million. This includes purchasing the property, tearing down the existing warehouse and constructing the six story building. All 56 apartments will be one-bedroom units. the ground floor will have 1,800 sq feet of commercial space. Some of the spacew may be available for community purposes like a theater. The goal is to have the building completed by the end of 2013