The Frankford CDC is now conducting the first annual Capital Campaign to renovate their new office building located at 4667-69 Paul Street. They took over the old Daral building last May. At 4,100 square feet on 2 floors, it is big enough to house their offices on the second floor and additional leased office space and an internet café on the first floor.
Pictures below from the Construction Open House fundraiser on October 20th show the work is well underway.
The Daral building sits as a landmark on the northeast corner of Frankford Avenue and Paul Street, opposite SEPTA’s soon to be renovated Arrott Transportation Center for the Market/Frankford Elevated line. The renovation project will provide the building with 21st century technology but will also preserve a lot of the historical architectural features.
The building will retain the old block facade with tempered glass in a recessed entrance. The old terrazzo tiled entrance will be repaired as well as the stained glass above the entrance door transoms. The showcase windows will be preserved and used as a display for community and café programming. This high tech building will give FCDC a presence on Frankford Avenue and will serve as a catalyst for revitalization of a major intersection, while allowing the CDC to grow and build it’s capacity for the future.
This project is vital, as it is the first of several projects planned towards the goal of revitalizing the Frankford Avenue business district. The Frankford CDC is also working with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission to build an interactive park next door to the building. They recently completed a streetscaping plan with the Community design collaborative in efforts to make the Avenue more welcoming to visitors.
Their mission cannot be sustained without the continued generosity of private donors. They have received a tremendous amount of support through local government and foundation funding, however those funds almost always require that they raise additional funds to complete the project. To date, the Frankford CDC has raised well over $500,000 from public and private sources for this project.
Your support is needed to help raise another $45,000 towards the goal of completing the first phase of the project by December 31, 2016. Come winter of 2017, donors will begin to see first hand the significant impact their contribution has made towards improving the area around the Arrott Transporation Center and the positive effect it will have on local businesses. Additionally, you’ll be recognized for your generosity as a capital campaign supporter on the Frankford CDC website and in the CDC Winter newsletter.
For more information about this project and information on how you can participate in helping the campaign to fund the final stage of the project, go to this link: