Spurring development on Lancaster Ave.

The People’s Emergency Center on May 21 purchased sections of an iconic, Victorian-era property called Hawthorne Hall in West Philadelphia to serve as a catalyst of a broader redevelopment plan for lower Lancaster Avenue.

In the context of rising real estate prices in the neighborhoods comprising lower Lancaster Ave., such as West Powelton, the community development nonprofit’s plan strives for inclusive economic development informed by interviews and focus groups with local residents, according…