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