The community improvement, economic development, and neighborhood revitalization awards will support projects in communities throughout the 2nd Senate District.

Philadelphia, PA, November 15, 2019 – State Senator Christine Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) is pleased to announce that five community organizations in the 2nd Senate District have been awarded grants totaling $882,477 through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Local Share Account program.

The recipients include Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association ($200,388), Impact Services Corporation ($427,479), New Kensington Community Development Corporation ($150,000), Frankford Community Development Corporation ($54,610), and Mayfair Community Development Corporation ($50,000).

“I am thrilled that I was able to help each of these beneficial community organizations to secure the crucial funding they need to make neighborhood improvements that will improve the lives of the people of the 2nd District,” Senator Tartaglione said. “I have developed strong relationships with each organization and look forward to seeing the positive outcomes of their efforts.”

Oxford Circle CCDA will use its funding to support the Green Playscape and Community Design project at Laura H. Carnell Elementary School. The project will upgrade an entrance gateway, walkways, and fencing, while building out a quiet recreation area within the schoolyard with benches and pave markings. Another play area will be created in front of the school with a new play surface, equipment, and recreational mounds, along with a retaining wall and decorative fencing.

Impact Services will apply its new funding to redevelop a portion of a former textile mill at ‘A’ and Indiana Streets in Kensington into a 13,000-square-foot community gym. Renovations will cover site preparation, utility separation, demolition of non-historic buildings, heating, air conditioning, and bathroom upgrades. This project is part of a 140,000-square-foot redevelopment of the former mill site.

New Kensington CDC will apply its grant to develop two commercial storefronts and three apartments in vacant properties at 2513-15 Frankford Avenue. The project is projected to create six new jobs and to provide affordable rental properties for local businesses and residents.

Frankford CDC plans to use its grant funding to renovate a blighted home at 4633 Paul Street, which is the only blighted property on the block as a result of a fire there several years ago. The renovations will be focused on the third floor and will relieve community safety issues.

Mayfair CDC will apply its grant funding to the purchase and clearing of a vacant, overgrown, and debris-strewn lot at 7315-33 Crispin Street (rear). The work will include removal of overgrown trees and foundation stabilization. Potential future uses of the site include a community park with storage units for local businesses and non-profits that conduct public events nearby, as well as a community garden to benefit Feast of Justice, the local food pantry. Income from storage units will provide maintenance funds and revenue for Mayfair CDC.

All five grants were administered through DCED’s Local Share Account program, which distributes a portion of slot machine license fees paid by casinos operating with the City of Philadelphia.

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