Large-scale Residential Development Project at Former Kennedy Kenrick Site in Norristown Takes Step Forward

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former Kennedy Kenrick Catholic High School site
Image via The Times Herald.
The former Kennedy Kenrick Catholic High School building.

A large-scale residential development project at the former Kennedy Kenrick Catholic High School site has taken a step forward after Norristown Municipal Council authorized a revision to municipal zoning language at its latest meeting, writes Rachel Ravina for The Times Herald.

Artist's rendering of Kennedy Kenrick, courtesy of the Municipality of Norristown, via The Times Herald.
Artist’s rendering, courtesy of the Municipality of Norristown, via The Times Herald.

“The property is already zoned for multi-family residential development, and essentially we’re just tweaking it—with some differences—in order to facilitate the proposed development here,” said developer Sarah Peck.

Peck presented the background information on the proposal during the in-person work session.

In addition to the Kennedy Kenrick school building, the property that had sat vacant for over a decade is also home to a convent, a caretaker house, and a sports field.

“The building’s enormous, and nothing really to commend it architecturally,” said Peck. “The one notable fact is it’s loaded with asbestos and removing that asbestos as part of the demolition is extremely expensive and that is the underpin of the request for a change to the zoning.”

The project Peck originally presented to council members in May will have 325 units made up of apartments, townhomes, and multiplexes. The property will also have 568 parking spaces.

Read more about the proposed development of the Kennedy Kenrick site in The Times Herald.

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