Mayor Nutter and Managing Director Negron visited Frankford on Friday January 6th to cut the ribbon on the new community computer center at the office of the Frankford CDC at Griscom and Harrison Streets. This was the culmination of a PhillyRising project which began last year by listing the needs of the community based on meetings with residents.
The majority of the residents of Frankford do not have internet access. The Free Library Branch does offer some service which is very well utilized all day long by students and others but those facilities cannot come close to meeting the demand. The new computer center will help to close the gap.
There are 9 workstations (donated by the Temple University Computer Recycling Center) now available on the second floor with some peripherals. A schedule of hours the center will be open has yet to be established but will be posted shortly by the CDC. In addition, there will be specific events scheduled for the public to come in for help with things like tax preparation and college financial aid forms.
The video below is about 14 minutes with the comments by Manny Citron of PhillyRising who coordinated the project with the CDC. Managing Director Negron and Mayor Nutter speak and Tracy O’Drain completes the presentation. You can hear some of the details of the project. I had to edit the Mayor’s comments a bit for length.
This is another win for Frankford.