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Frankford Northwood Y Proposal

Story and picture by: Chaplain Patrick, Frankford Community Ambassador
On Monday, April 15th Ms. Angenique Howard of Unique Dreams Inc. met with the Northwood community at Simpson Recreation Center to present her proposal to open a Family Therapeutic,  Recreational,  and Educational Center in the former Frankford-Northwood Y located at 4700 Leiper Street.
She stated that the 33,000 square foot facility will include wrap around mental health and wellness programs, along with recreation gym memberships.  She also said that the indoor pool would reopen for swim leagues from the local schools.
A group of area residents asked questions, some of which went unanswered, as her business plan and financials are still in the works.
The community is in a wait & see mode as there is no lease agreement with the building owner or other paperwork present.
Future meetings will be announced in time.
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PlanPhilly | Frankford Y’s new owner promises he won’t bring opioid recovery center to historic mansion

After a decade of vacancy, a new owner has taken control of a neglected 19th century Northeast Philadelphia landmark. Follow the link below for the rest of the story.

Source: PlanPhilly | Frankford Y’s new owner promises he won’t bring opioid recovery center to historic mansion

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Frankford Y Building Headed for Sheriff Sale

A legal notice was served to the New Frankford Community Y at 4704 Leiper Street that the building will be sold at Sheriff Sale for unpaid Taxes as well as other lien amounts.

Past due taxes from 2017 total $23,776.61  including penalty and interest.  Although Real Estate owned by a non-profit is usually exempt from taxation, if it remains vacant for a period of time it can revert to nonexempt status, thereby accumulating taxes due.

In 2013 the building was due to be sold in a foreclosure by the Beneficial Bank but was saved at the last minute by the work of local resident Frank Bennett.  Read about that at this link.

The New Frankford Community Y is also known as the Garsed Bromley Mansion and it was placed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in July of 2016.  We covered that story at this link.

This building is a valuable asset to the community and should be returned to some useful service.


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Frankford Y Gets a Cleanup

Ray Gant and the Ray of Hope Project (TROHP) focused their energy on the area around the Frankford Y at Leiper and Arrott Streets on November 12th to remove weeds, litter and other debris to continue making Frankford a better place. TROHP cannot clean private property so the ground of the Y itself could not be cleanup up.

As Ray said that day: Today was a very good day for Community Service. The Ray of Hope Project was up early this morning to meet our volunteers from George Washington University from Washington, D.C. this whole weekend to do community service with TROHP. TROHP wants to thank Christina Soza for her strong leadership in working with the volunteers to get this job done today GREAT JOB. TROHP wants to thank Pastor Larry and Rhodie Fowler for their strong commitment to CLEANER & SAFER streets in Frankford.. As We Clean it Up, Make it Safe FRANKFORD!!!

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