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Our Work- September 2019

9 Business Owners to Transform Kensington Ave


Earlier this year, Shift Capital, Impact Services and NKCDC invited you to reimagine Kensington Avenue.

Through the Challenge, Shift Capital, a social impact real estate firm, offered to provide funding and free rent to place business concepts in their unused commercial spaces on Kensington Avenue. NKCDC and Impact Services helped applicants with business plans, financial plans, licensing and permitting, zoning, referrals for financing and other business needs.

This week, nine business owners were announced as the winners of the challenge. They will receive technical and financial assistance, and up to a year of free rent.

Congratulations to all of the winners, including a Vietnamese coffee roaster, a Philadelphia Pretzel Factory franchise, 24 hour daycare facility, recording studio, Soul Food restaurant, glass blowing studio, Italian restaurant and two bakeries!

51 Families and Individuals Fill Orinoka Apartments


In time for the holidays, NKCDC is excited to announce that all 51 units of affordable housing at Orinoka Civic House, the $17.8 million overhaul of the former Orinoka Mills factory at Ruth St and Somerset St, have been filled.

Orinoka residents have been quick to embrace their community. In the spirit of the holidays, residents have worked with NKCDC to throw Thanksgiving potlucks and will host a cookie-baking party in December. Back in October, several participated in a volunteer day with TD Bank to plant trees around the building's perimeter.

"The residents who have been here since July mostly know everyone's faces, and they're excited to get to know their neighbors," said Renee Horst, Resident Services Coordinator for NKCDC. Horst works closely with residents to support the growing community by helping plan social activities, spreading the word on neighborhood opportunities, and connecting individuals with social support services.

Many residents are choosing to participate in the broader neighborhood conversation by attending local events, such as Somerset Neighbors for Better Living civic association meetings at the nearby Rock Ministries.

In addition to affordable housing, Orinoka offers an indoor, shared meeting area, a small commercial space, and room for NKCDC's main offices. NKCDC hopes the mixed-use concept will serve as a hub for community-oriented programs and activities.

Applications are still being accepted for the waitlist. For more info, please visit orinokacivichouse.com.

New Kensington Community Development Corporation
2771 Ruth Street, Suite 1, Philadelphia, PA 19134
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