Groundbreaking: A Home for the UCD on Chestnut Street
The University City District (UCD), created last year to "promote
positive change" in the area, will soon have a centralized location
for its work with over 100 institutions, businesses and community representatives:
in a onetime Horn & Hardart at 3940-42 Chestnut Street, where ground
was broken on October 21. Paul Steege and Associates are architects for
the combined renovation and new construction of the 10,000 square-foot facility
scheduled for completion in May 1999. UCD Executive Director said it will
provide locker room and roll call space for UCD's 40 Safety Ambassadors
as well as for 25 officers from the Philadelphia Police Department, and
a lieutenant and two sergeants. The properties are being donated to the
UCD by Penn, with financing provided by Penn for the $1.7 million project.
The challenge now, said Penn EVP John Fry, is to raise funds from corporations,
foundations and others "to improve public safety and quality of life
in University City."
Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 9, October 27, 1998