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Governor Wolf Announces New State Funding for Development of Mixed-use Building on Vacant Lot in West Philadelphia

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces New State Funding for Development of Mixed-use Building on Vacant Lot in West Philadelphia Economy,  Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined state and local leaders for the official groundbreaking ceremony of the future home of New Market West, a hub for retail and community services for distressed communities in West Philadelphia. While on site, the governor announced the approval of $10.5 million in tax credits to support the project, accompanying the state’s $5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program investment announced in December.“This project will turn a vacant lot into a centerpiece of this community – giving our families a place to get access to critical services,” said Governor Wolf. “The strength of this project is the partnerships between groups that will bring much needed educational, workforce development, and other services to this building to assist people and families living in the area and I am proud that the commonwealth has invested the New Market West project.”The New Market West project includes the construction of a four story, 135,700 square foot hub for retail and community services on a 1.5-acre vacant site near the 60th and Market Street El stop in West Philadelphia. The building will bring high quality early childhood education; workforce development, educational and emergency support services; behavioral health services; and community-serving retail to this transit-accessible location.This project is expected to create 120 temporary full-time construction jobs. The project’s construction costs are expected to support 135 indirect and induced jobs. Additionally, once completed, the project will create 94 full-time permanent jobs and retain another 263 positions. Activity at the new building is expected to provide $1.385 million in new state and local taxes.New Market West is a joint venture between Mission First Housing Group and Horizon House, two organizations with a long history of creatively using their expertise in affordable housing and human service delivery to make a difference to people in need across Philadelphia. Now, with the strength of community-based partner ACHIEVEability, the organizations have an opportunity to bring this work to the Haddington-Cobbs Creek community.“Mission First is grateful to Governor Wolf for his leadership and his strong support of New Market West,” said Alfredo de la Pena, CEO, Mission First Housing Group. “This unique development is a testament to the power of nonprofit partnerships. Mission First, Horizon House and ACHIEVEability are excited to break ground today on New Market West, which will be a game-changer for West Philadelphia and will serve as a springboard for further revitalization in this community.”The project is supported by a $5 million RACP grant and $10.5 million in New Markets Tax Credits through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency.“This New Market West project is taking an empty city lot and transforming it through this construction into a terrific resource for people in the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., CCG chair and executive director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. “We’re hopeful that nearby families will not only take advantage of its many services but will embrace the facility as a community meeting place.”Construction on New Market West is expected to be complete by fall 2019.center_img February 16, 2018last_img read more

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Gillespie in Ireland Test rank call

first_img The 39-year-old, now head coach of Yorkshire, believes the move would both reward Ireland’s performances in limited-overs internationals and provide a necessary boost to the five-day format. Gillespie told All Out Cricket: “Let’s face it, outside of Australia and England and, to a lesser extent, South Africa, people don’t turn up to watch Test cricket. That’s just the way it is, and it’s sad. Press Association “One fantastic way to give Test cricket a lift straight away would be to give Ireland full Test status. It’s something that should happen sooner rather than later from the ICC. “Imagine if Ireland were given Test status. That would be huge news in world cricket, and it would be a massively positive story for the world game. “The ICC and all the national boards talk a lot about the importance of protecting the integrity of Test cricket. If it is that important, then we should look to improve it, and in my view including Ireland would improve it.” Ireland reached the Super Eight stage of the 2007 World Cup, beating Pakistan and Bangladesh in addition to a memorable tie with England, and also qualified for the World Twenty20 in 2009 and 2010. Gillespie added: “Ireland are ticking all the boxes. They’ve punched well above their weight in limited-overs tournaments. “Think of the list of names who’ve plied their trade in English domestic cricket and who have even played for England. It would make a decent Test side. “I don’t see why it couldn’t happen. Eoin Morgan is obviously with England full-time now but, apart from him, you’ve got Ed Joyce (Sussex), William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin (both Warwickshire), George Dockrell (Somerset), Peter Chase (Durham).” Surrey captain Gary Wilson, Middlesex opener Paul Stirling and brothers Niall and Kevin O’Brien are also among the Irish contingent to make their way in the county game. center_img Former Australia paceman Jason Gillespie has called for Ireland to be elevated to the Test cricket ranks.last_img read more

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Upholding of ban on Russian athletes welcomed

first_imgAthletics’ biggest name Usain Bolt says the sport’s integrity needs to be protected. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has dismissed Russia’s appeal against an IAAF suspension – imposed following evidence of alleged widespread doping.It could have a knock-on effect.The International Olympic Committee is considering wider punishment for Russia.last_img

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first_imgEXCLUSIVE: A pensioner was left lying on the side of a road for almost half an hour because an ambulance was not available in the area.The ambulance took 26 minutes to get to the injured pensioner.The 67 year old male pedestrian was involved in a road traffic accident in Letterkenny on Monday evening.But because no ambulance was available from nearby Letterkenny General Hospital, it took 26 minutes for an ambulance to travel from the far side of Ballybofey – almost 30 kms away. The man, who is understood to have suffered fractures in the accident, was wrapped in blankets by attending Gardai.A statement from the HSE to Donegal Daily confirmed that no ambulance was available locally because they were on other emergency calls.“The National Ambulance Service can confirm an emergency 999/112 call was received for the Letterkenny area on 24th November 2014 at 17:33hrs.“At the time the call was received a number of emergency resources in the area were engaged on other emergency calls. The nearest available emergency resource was dispatched to the incident and arrived at the scene at 17:59hrs.” The incident, which occurred at the Oldtown Bridge in Letterkenny at around 5.30pm, is the latest in a number which throws a spotlight on ambulance response times in Co Donegal.Last December Maura Porter lay dying for 50 minutes on the roadside beside her home in Carndonagh until am ambulance arrivedThe 70 year old later passed away at Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry from her injuries.Her son Brendan, who had waited with his dying mother until the ambulance arrived, said the latest incident again highlights the shortcomings of the ambulance service.“This only again highlights the fact that there are not enough ambulances on call for a county the size of Donegal. “As well as that the ambulances that are on call are obviously not geographically spread out that all areas are covered.“Thankfully this man’s injuries were not life-threatening but my mother was not so lucky,” he said.AMBULANCE TOOK ALMOST HALF AN HOUR TO GET TO PENSIONER AT SIDE OF ROAD was last modified: November 26th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:accidentambulancedelaydonegalEmergencyletterkennylast_img read more