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A life affirming space, a pop-up park, and storefront spruce ups

In July and August, we wrapped up projects that will lead to a life affirming space for returning veterans and their families, build a pop-up park, and spruce up storefront facades.

  • One option for Catharine's House is to build an entirely new facility.

Catharine’s House The Black Lemonade Project’s motto is “Empowering parents to squeeze success out of life’s circumstances.” A local initiative of the National Center for Family Recovery (NCFFR), Black Lemonade is helping parents build upon their individual and collective strengths and discover ways to think differently about themselves, their children, and their future.

The Black Lemonade Project currently has no permanent home for the active, family-based community it is building in Philadelphia. But now, NCFFR’s secretary is poised to donate her childhood home to the nonprofit.

Named after her mother, Catherine, this North Philadelphia property will provide office and meeting space for the organization as well as transitional housing for returning veterans and their families. Three redevelopment options were explored for the donated property — renovating the existing home, expanding with an addition to the existing home, or building new.


  • A crisp new canopy showcases classic storefront panels and windows.

Best Face Forward for Storefronts The Collaborative also wrapped up consultations with six business owners on the North Fifth Street Commercial Corridor in partnership with the North Fifth Street Revitalization Project and five businesses on storefront façade improvements on Frankford and Paul Streets in partnership with Frankford CDC.


  • A rendering for Frankford Pause puts Frankford residents in the picture.

Frankford Pause We also completed a winning design for a pop-up park at Frankford and Paul Streets, in the shadow of the El at a key corner of the Frankford Avenue Commercial Corridor.  The pop-up park idea came out of a partnership between Frankford CDC and Destination Frankford, an ArtPlace America-funded placemaking initiative. Frankford Pause will feature strings of lights activated by the sound of the El passing by and a shocking pink color scheme.

As a follow-up to the conceptual design, we hope to help Frankford build the park next spring. Look out for an invite to a community work day!


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