WEST CHESTER – After a few month of searching, the Harmony House at the corner of Potter and Harmony alleys has found an owner.  Known as “Harmony House, a community partnership to benefit the homeless,” the home was built to raise money for local charities with its sale.

With the goal of finding a house in West Chester, 24-year-old Dan Iacovella (5th from Right), a business development manager for Coca-Cola, said he is happy to call the residence his home.  “First and foremost the location of the house is great for me,” Iacovella said. Originally from Broomall and Media, Iacovella said his sister attends school in West Chester and he came to enjoy the area. When he saw the home for sale, Iacovella knew he had to check it out. “I fell in love with it and here I am,” Iacovella said.

 Sale of the property was finalized earlier this month, with a ceremony presenting the checks to the charity occurring last week. Settlement proceeds totaled just more than $287,000. The house was designed as a project of local developers Eli Kahn, Jack Loew (2nd from Left) and Gary Toll, who wanted to find a way to give back to the community. All proceeds from the sale of the house were given to Safe Harbor of West Chester and the Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children. The proceeds from the sale of this home were equally divided and presented to the local charities. Presenting the check last week was real estate agent Mike McDaid of RE/MAX (seen at far right). McDaid said he had a lot of inquiries about the property.  “It’s a really nice house, it’s ideal and close to everything,” McDaid said.  McDaid said what made the ceremony last week special was that in addition to the money presented to the charities from the sale, Iacovella surprised them with a donation of his own.  “Dan gave a donation on the side, I thought that was really cool,” McDaid said. “Everyone was happy it turned out really well.”  

Kahn had said previously that developers entertained the idea of going to an organization such as Habitat for Humanity, but decided instead to direct the money to local charities.  Loew emphasized that although the developers may have been a major contributor, the project could not have been successful without the many contributions of time and materials from community contractors, most of whom worked on the developers’ adjacent office building completed in 2011.  “This was a way for all of us to give back to the community in which we do business,” Loew said.  Kahn and his partners are known for developing properties in the West Chester area, including 121 Walnut St., 313 W. Market St. and 220 E. Chestnut St. Kahn recently acquired the county’s old courthouse property, including the North Wing on North High Street, the Mosteller Annex on North Church and West Gay streets, and two storefronts at 34 and 36 West Gay St.

Safe Harbor is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides food, shelter, counseling and recovery opportunities for homeless men and women in Chester County.  The Friends Association provides homeless families with a safe, clean place to stay and helps them cope with the stress and upheaval they’ve experienced.