For more than 30 years ACHIEVEability has been breaking the generational cycle of poverty for single parent, low income and homeless families. Each year we host several events and activities to celebrate our accomplishments and our mission. Come find out more about ACHIEVEability by attending one or more of our many events!
Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 At 11:00 AM
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
11:00am – 1:00pm
Von Louhr II Ribbon Cutting and Naming Ceremony
21 S. 61st Street
Between Market and Ludlow Streets
EVENT TIMELINE (Subject to change)
11:00 – 11:45 Program and Ribbon Cutting
11:45 – 12:30 Tour of Von Louhr II Building
12:30 – 1:00 Reception
The Von Louhr II Ribbon Cutting and Naming Ceremony will proudly unveil ACHIEVEability’s newly renovated and re-syndicated tax credit property, The Lawson Residences at Von Louhr. This $7 million project, which began back in early 2010, will come to completion in May 2012. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Von Louhr building. Built in 1912 by one of West Philadelphia’s important developers, William C. Smith, the building documented the far-reaching changes that were transforming the nature of Philadelphia’s residential development in the early twentieth century. This includes the construction of the Market Street Elevated Train beginning in 1906 and a changing ideology about urban living which began to advocate the apartment house and the flat instead of the traditional Philadelphian row house.
In maintaining the historical context of the Von Louhr building, ACHIEVEability’s renovation preserves the building’s original California Mission façade, ornate masonry and intricate woodwork. The renovation exemplifies ACHIEVEability’s belief in paying homage to the heritage of West Philadelphia while still focusing on the future. The building now boasts a completely overhauled HVAC system, providing central air to all 24 units, new Energy Star appliances, energy efficient windows and insulation, and a newly installed elevator to accommodate residents with disabilities, just to name a few. The Lawson Residences at Von Louhr will serve as a beacon for excellence in the ever growing and developing West Philadelphia community.
The newly remodeled building is being named in honor of Joel S. Lawson III, long tenured ACHIEVEability supporter and key member of our Board of Directors. Mr. Lawson has served on the ACHIEVEability board since 2005 and has served as the board treasurer since 2008. During 2008 and 2009, he so graciously served as the interim CEO of the organization on a volunteer basis for a total of approximately 16 months. From 1980 until 2001, Mr. Lawson was CEO of Howard, Lawson & Co., a mid-market investment banking firm. Since 2001, Mr. Lawson has been an independent consultant and private investor, including serving on corporate and non-profit boards, acting as Executive Director of M&A International (a multi-national network of investment banking firms), and being appointed as Liquidating Trustee in connection with a travel industry bankruptcy. Mr. Lawson holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
The Von Louhr II Ribbon Cutting and Naming Ceremony will symbolize the impact ACHIEVEability has had on the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This celebration will honor ACHIEVEability’s 30 year history of serving the West Philadelphia community. The original ACHIEVEability syndication of the Von Louhr building, which was incorporated in 1990, marked an historical achievement becoming the first building in the United States to combine low income Federal housing tax credits and historic tax credits. After more than 20 years of providing housing for ACHIEVEability families, The Lawson Residences at Von Louhr will continue into the future, providing housing for many more families who are aspiring to become successful and break the generational cycle of poverty.
Founded in 1981, ACHIEVEability permanently breaks the generational cycle of poverty for low income, single parent, and homeless families through higher education, affordable housing, supportive services, community and economic development, and accountability. ACHIEVEability develops and manages affordable housing, provides a wide variety of supportive services to families and the community, and engages in community organizing, commercial corridor development, and community-based participatory research in partnership with local universities. ACHIEVEability’s impact is not only on individuals and families, but also on the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.