Rebuilding Community Infrastructure (Rebuild) has announced commitments totaling $13.8 million in support of efforts to transform community spaces in Philadelphia.
The grants include $12 million to Beech Interplex to completely renovate and modernize the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center in North Philadelphia, and $1.8 million to IMPACT Services for a renovation of the Heitzman Recreation Center in the Harrowgate neighborhood. The nonprofits overseeing the projects have committed to the diversity targets set by Rebuild, including a requirement that 25 percent to 30 percent of all spending on professional services contracts and 30 percent to 35 percent of all spending on construction projects be awarded to minority-owned businesses.
A public-private partnership funded by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax, Rebuild is working to develop a more equitable city through engagement, community improvement, and diversity- and inclusion-driven economic opportunities. The sites are among the first selected by the partnership, which expects to deliver hundreds of millions of dollars for improvements to the city's recreation centers, parks, and libraries over the coming years.
"Rebuild is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to modernize and transform Philadelphia's neighborhood parks, recreation centers, and libraries," said Rebuild executive director Nicole Westerman. "Partnering with trusted community nonprofits like Beech Interplex and IMPACT Services allows the city to complete renovations in more places, more quickly, with the participation of more residents."
"Beech Interplex has been integral to the ongoing revitalization of the Cecil B. Moore area, and to have this local, experienced community development organization as a Rebuild partner for Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center just makes sense," said City Council president Darrell L. Clarke. "Local investment and localized economic return in neighborhoods [are] exactly what council envisioned when we authorized the Rebuild program. I'm thrilled to be part of an historic investment that will deliver the world-class recreation center residents in the fifth district deserve."
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