Workers are completing an affordable-housing complex on the Black Horse Pike that the Diocese of Camden hopes will provide dozens of senior citizens with a nice, but inexpensive, place to live. Pleasantville officials, however, are hoping that the impact goes further, and that the $18.4 million Village at St. Peter’s will have a ripple effect in a city that has been long designated an “area in need of rehabilitation.” “This is a trophy for us,” Mayor Jesse Tweedle Sr. said. “And we intend to show it off.”
Work began to replace the former convent at St. Peter Catholic Church – which was merged with St. Bernadette’s in Northfield in 2010 to form St. Gianna Beretta Molla Parish – with a six-story, 14,000-square-foot complex in summer 2010. When completed, the Americans-with-Disabilities-Act-compliant Village at St. Peter’s – which is being funded largely through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development – will feature 73 one-bedroom apartments and one two-bedroom apartment for the building’s superintendent. It also will have a common room on every floor, individual climate control in each unit, and an open-air patio on the top floor with a view of the Atlantic City skyline.