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Fourth Round of Design Grants for 2017

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The Community Design Collaborative wrapped up 2017 by awarding one last round of pro bono preliminary design services to local nonprofits through our Design Grants program. 

A Better Chance is a national nonprofit that places academically talented and motivated students of color from disadvantaged school districts in outstanding public, independent and private high schools across the United States. Radnor A Better Chance (Radnor ABC) students live together in a group home with supervision and mentorship while attending Radnor High School. The Collaborative will provide a conceptual design to renovate and possibly expand the main house on the Radnor ABC property. The Collaborative will also create a plan for restoring the exterior of the main house and adjacent carriage house.   

Tacony Community Development Corporation has been successful in revitalizing the Torresdale Avenue Commercial Corridor and sparking new interest in its unique retail offerings and beautiful, historic homes and storefronts. Previously, the Collaborative worked with the CDC to advise corridor businesses on façade improvements. We will be returning to Tacony to explore lighting strategies for storefront façades along Torresdale and Long Shore Avenues.

St. Mary Interparochial School came to the Collaborative for a programming and feasibility study to explore options for expansion so it can provide a state-of-the-art learning facility to its growing student population. A 2016 National Blue Ribbon School, St. Mary Interparochial School’s mission is to challenge its diverse student body to grow morally, academically and socially, into passionate, confident and Christ-centered leaders of the 21st century.

The Collaborative will work with Old City Green on a conceptual design to revitalize a public open space on the 300 block of Commerce Street. The goal is to make improvements to reestablish this open space as a park for the community and a key pedestrian corridor linking significant historic sites for visitors. Old City Green is an all-volunteer nonprofit based in the Old City section of Philadelphia which focuses on improving the historic neighborhood’s green spaces. 

The Concert Garden, a longstanding community garden in Point Breeze, needs a refresh to increase neighborhood use, stewardship and programming. The Collaborative will work with the Neighborhood Gardens Trust to engage the community in envisioning an inclusive, welcoming community open space that reflects the rich cultural history of the garden. 

About Design Grants
The Collaborative’s Design Grants offer pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia. Nonprofits collaborate with volunteers from the design professions – architects, landscape architects, preservationists, interior designers, urban planners, engineers, cost estimators, and others—to put their visions down on paper and advance to the next stage: gaining support, raising funds, and building projects.

Wherever a nonprofit's mission and vision are taking them, we're here to help! See our recent work or learn how to apply for a Design Grant.

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