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Mt. Nazareth Commons Breaks New Ground

(l to r) Jim Keating, Regional Team Leader, First Niagara Bank; Sister Cathy Fedewa, Assistant Provincial Superior and Sister Barbara Jean Wojnicki, Provincial Superior, Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth; Richard Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive; Ross Nese, Board Member, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency; Jeff Davis, Chief Financial Officer, Presbyterian Senior Living; Alma Balonon-Rosen, Director, Relationship Management, Enterprise Community Partners; Stephen Proctor, President & CEO, Presbyterian Senior Living; Paul Winkler, President & CEO and Jim Pieffer, Senior Vice President, Presbyterian SeniorCare.

With the theme of "tearing down walls to build new ones," community and civic leaders joined leadership and representatives of Presbyterian SeniorCare, Presbyterian Senior Living and the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth for a groundbreaking ceremony at Mt. Nazareth Commons in Pittsburgh, PA. Presbyterian SeniorCare, in partnership with Presbyterian Senior Living, will transform the former Motherhouse in the North Hills into a vibrant senior living complex with 42 apartments for low- to moderate-income adults 62 years of age and older. The property, an $8 million makeover funded in large part by tax credit financing, is expected to be move-in ready in the fall 2015. Investors include Enterprise Community Investments, Inc. and First Niagara Bank. Additional funding partners are the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, Allegheny County Economic Development and HUD. The transformation of the interior of the building will allow current services housed within the convent walls to continue. Over 200 children, who decorated the "wall" for the event, attend daycare at the Mt. Nazareth Learning Center which offers both intergenerational and volunteer opportunities for the older adults who live at Mt. Nazareth Commons. Residents will also have the opportunity to use services at the adjacent Holy Family Manor, including optional meal programs.

Sporting hard hats, the attending leaders picked up sledgehammers and took a swing at the wall to signal the start of renovations.