A new chapter for Horizon House began on Friday, February 16 with the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the future home of our headquarters at New Market West. Governor Tom Wolf, state and local leaders, and various local stakeholders gathered at 59th and Market Sts., Horizon House’s new site.
During his speech, Governor Wolf commented, “This project will turn a vacant lot into a centerpiece of this community – giving our families a place to get access to critical services. The strength of this project is the partnerships between groups that will bring much-needed services – I am proud that the commonwealth has invested in the New Market West project.” The project will be partially funded by the state’s $5 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program investment and $10.5 million in tax credits.
While 30th Street has served as the cornerstone of our Agency since its purchase in 1986, the neighborhood around us continues to change. With our service system’s moving to a more local community focus, we have entered into a partnership with Mission First Housing, an expert at identifying opportunities for arranging complex financing needed to support development and construction.
The benefits of this new location are that we will be staying in West Philadelphia in a newly designed and constructed site with easy access to public transportation, and it positions us in a community that we anticipate will be revitalized by our presence. It will also allow us to continue our current operations with staff and participants because the Market-Frankford El stops at 60th St. – a few yards from the new Horizon House building.
Speaking during the ceremony, Jeff, President and CEO of Horizon House, said, “We were looking for a community to move into, a community where we could provide services, provide some economic uplift, and help be part of the revitalization.”
The location will be known as New Market West (NMW) and will be much more than an office because it will also house child care, retail shops, and low-income housing that will benefit both the local community, our participants, and staff. We will be part of transforming a community.
Jeff further stated, “While a likely move-in date is not until early 2020, I am excited to inform you of the wonderful opportunity and will keep you apprised of our progress along the way.”