KANAC office moves from Allegheny Avenue

The Al­legheny Av­en­ue branch of the NK­CDC will now share the main of­fice on Frank­ford Av­en­ue. Ser­vices to res­id­ents, however, will re­portedly re­main the same.

Port Rich­mond res­id­ents who once used the Al­legheny Av­en­ue of­fice of the Kens­ing­ton Area Neigh­bor­hood Ad­vis­ory Com­mit­tee (KANAC) will now need to go else­where for ser­vices.

Last week, the of­fice – a satel­lite branch of the New Kens­ing­ton Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Com­pany (NK­CDC) – which the com­munity group had main­tained since 1997, was shuttered after the NK­CDC saw cuts to its fed­er­al fund­ing.

The KANAC has been moved to the NK­CDC’s main of­fice, at 2515 Frank­ford Ave.

Shanta Schachter, deputy dir­ect­or of the NK­CDC, said the group stepped in to start the satel­lite of­fice - loc­ated at 2423 E. Al­legheny Ave. - after the Kens­ing­ton Ac­tion Now and the Kens­ing­ton Area Re­vital­iz­a­tion Pro­ject, both of which had been housed there, closed their doors.

“We stepped in to fill the gaps,” she said dur­ing an in­ter­view Fri­day, Ju­ly 6.

This year, Schachter said, due to cuts to the fed­er­al De­part­ment of Hous­ing and Urb­an De­vel­op­ment’s Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Block Grant pro­gram, the NK­CDC and the KANAC have con­sol­id­ated op­er­a­tions in the Frank­ford Av­en­ue of­fice for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

Schachter said that the NK­CDC, which has a ser­vice area that stretches from about Penn Treaty Park on Delaware Av­en­ue, west to Kens­ing­ton Av­en­ue, north to Le­high Street and back to the river, will not see any cuts to ser­vice with the clos­ure of this of­fice.

In fact, neither will the KANAC, which ex­tends the NK­CDC’s im­pact area from Le­high Av­en­ue, north to Ra­mona Street in Hunt­ing Park and east to the Betsy Ross Bridge, fol­low­ing the river south along Delaware Av­en­ue.

“That’s the one thing we have really been try­ing to make clear,” she said. “Everything will still ex­ist, just in a new loc­a­tion.”

All ser­vices that had been avail­able to res­id­ents at the Al­legheny Av­en­ue of­fice will still be avail­able in the NK­CDC’s headquar­ters on Frank­ford Av­en­ue.

She said that little has changed—even the phone num­bers that had once con­nec­ted callers to the Al­legheny Av­en­ue of­fice will still work to con­nect to the Frank­ford Av­en­ue loc­a­tion.

Re­cently, the NK­CDC has been work­ing to sup­port neigh­bors near the in­ter­sec­tion of Kens­ing­ton Av­en­ue and Somer­set Street. There, the group helped cre­ate the Somer­set Neigh­bors for Bet­ter Liv­ing (SN­BL).

Schachter said that the NK­CDC will con­tin­ue to sup­port this group. In fact, the Frank­ford Av­en­ue of­fice is closer to the SN­BL’s tar­get area than the Al­legheny Av­en­ue of­fice ever was.

“None of the mo­mentum will be lost,” she said of the work with the SN­BL. “It’s just a mov­ing of of­fices.”

Schachter said that on­go­ing ef­forts that had been handled in the KANAC of­fice - like main­ten­ance to the Al­legheny Av­en­ue com­mer­cial cor­ridor, façade im­prove­ments to busi­nesses in that area and oth­er ser­vices for the Port Rich­mond and Kens­ing­ton com­munit­ies - will still be sup­por­ted in the NK­CDC’s main of­fice.

Also, walk-in ser­vices, like rent re­bates and tax as­sist­ance ser­vices that had been handled at the Al­legheny Av­en­ue of­fice, will still be avail­able.

“We just have to make sure every­one knows to come down to our Frank­ford Av­en­ue of­fice,” she said.

For any res­id­ents with ques­tions about the of­fice clos­ure, please call 215-427-0350 for more in­form­a­tion.

Star Staff Re­port­er Hay­den Mit­man can be con­tac­ted at 215-354-3124 or hmit­man@bsmphilly.com.


You can reach at hmitman@bsmphilly.com.

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