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Frankford Y Building on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places

Garsed Bromley Mansion – New Frankford Community Y

At the July 8th meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the Garsed Bromley Mansion / YWCA of Frankford was approved and placed upon the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. ( I was the lead nominator, Debbie Klak, former president of the HSF (Historical Society of Frankford) and Diane Sadler, curator of the HSF were the co-nominators)
There was no local representative or elected public official in support – or against, there was no representative from the “owners” of the present non-profit who control the building, there were no representatives from Northwood Civic Association (that once so loudly vocal about demolishing the Building). 
There was no broad community support. 
Ashley Hahn of Planphilly was (as she usually is) present with her lap-top typing and covering all the nominations.
John Buffington board member of Historical Society of Frankford and Frankford resident, was the lone-wolf who spoke highly and eloquently about the building and Frankford in general.
Thank you John,
and thank you Ashley.
If you want to see or read the nomination, 
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Frankford Y Off the Auction Block

At a news conference on November 3rd, Frank Bennett, President of the board of the New Frankford Community Y, announced that an agreement has been reached with Beneficial Mutual Savings Bank to acknowledge satisfaction of the mortgage on the property located at 4704 Leiper Street and also known as the historic Bromley Mansion.  This clears the way for development of the property and reopening it as a community center.

Board members: Pete Specos, Kristy Schneider, Frank Bennett,  Joe Krause and Jose Figuera

Board members: Pete Specos, Kristy Schneider, Frank Bennett, Joe Krause and Jose Figueroa

In addition, Mr. Bennett has signed an agreement with the board to lease the mansion area of the property which will house offices for his law practice and real estate business. He will restore the building in exchange for a 99 year lease at $1.00 per year.

The recreational area of the property will be restored to community use.

With the loss of the PAL center and Salvation Army recreational facilities for youth, the need for a place for kids to go in Northwood and Frankford has never been greater.

Further details are available in the video at the top of the page.




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Northwood Civic Association Meeting 10/18/2011

Chris Wink for NEastPhilly did a great report on the Northwood Civic Meeting today so I’ll point you in that direction and hope you enjoy reading it.

The subject of the Frankford Y building at 4704 Leiper Street took up the better part of the meeting.   A suggestion was made that the Civic should petition in Orphans Court to have a receiver appointed who would then be able to take control of the property.  That action might give the community some leverage in the disposal or reuse of the building.

Nominations were opened for board members and only one person volunteered.  That does seem unfortunate and not a good sign for the future of Northwood.


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Frankford Y Slated to Go to Sheriff Sale

Lorraine gave us this tip over on the message board.  The Y building is listed for mortgage foreclosure Sheriff Sale on December 7th:

276-894 4704 Leiper St.     23rd Ward 33,125 sq. ft. BRT# 882938230 Improvements: Misc. YMCA Type Masonry
THE NEW FRANKFORD COMMUNITY Y C.P. August Term, 2010 No. 000911     $178,464.93     plus interest through the date of the sheriff’s sale, plus costs William J. Levant, Esq.

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Frankford Real Estate Transactions

sold_graphicHere are some real estate transactions courtesy of our friends at ReMax CitySpace.  Data includes sales of Frankford properties in May of 2009.

936-38 Herbert St $199,900
1118 Kenwyn St $55,000
1660 Granite St $27,500
5115 Valley St $65,000
5220 Oakland St $85,000
4339 Tackawanna St $45,000
5154 Leiper St $60,000
1105 Harrison St $110,000
930 Anchor St $55,000
2139 Carver St $56,000
4704 Large St $94,000
4310 Milnor St $99,000
5432 Discher St $89,900
5314 Sylvester St $125,000
5129 Walker St $89,900
2074 Simon St $71,000
1228 Wakeling St $175,000