The abandoned building on Cottage Street in Frankford is a wreck. But for the church across the street, it’s an opportunity to enhance the community.
The three-story, five-sided brick structure at Harrison and Cottage in Frankford might have been a grand building a long time ago. Not anymore. Yet, the congregation of the church across the street wants to bring it back, and its members are willing to spend big money and a lot of toil to do it.
One East Kensington businessman is among those who own property recently seized by the city through through eminent domain, a legal yet seemingly controversial government power. Now, he’s central to a conversation about city residents’ rights and the rights of the city itself, not to mention blight elimination in the neighborhood.