- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Officials in Philadelphia are preparing to implode a vacant 16-story apartment building to make way for new affordable housing.

The Philadelphia Housing Authority plans to take down the 59-year-old Queen Lane apartments early Saturday morning.

The building in the city’s Germantown section had about 115 occupied units when it was vacated in 2011. Officials wanted to demolish it then, but neighbors objected to initial plans for the site.

The final design is a $22 million, 55-unit rental development with a mix of townhouses and low-rise buildings more in character with the area. It’s expected to be occupied by December 2015.

For safety reasons, residents who live within a block of the building are required to leave their homes no later than 6 a.m. Saturday.

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