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NKCDC Work on Frankford Gateway Continues

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Artist Michael Morgan Completes Brick Sculpture

In collaboration with NKCDC and the Somerset Neighbors for Better Living (SNBL) civic association, artist and Kensington resident Michael Morgan completed a brick sculpture earlier this month displayed at the corner of Frankford Ave and Silver St. Watch our video to learn more about the making of the sculpture and the community collaboration that went into it.

Improving the Lehigh Viaduct underpass has been a priority of the SNBL since its founding in 2012. Working with Community Design Collaborative at SNBL meetings, residents envisioned Frankford Avenue as a clean and safe neighborhood gateway that included attractive lighting, landscaping and public art. In the following years, with financial support from Conrail, Domus and Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, NKCDC stabilized vacant lots along the viaduct, planted small gardens and installed LED lights under the tracks.

Earlier this year, a full transformation of the vacant lots on Frankford was made possible by the inaugural Community Impact Project partnership with DVGBC. DVGBC and NKCDC raised over $13,000 and secured multiple in-kind gifts from the community, including a large capstone gift from Mr. Contractor Inc. Landscape architect Hans Hesselein of Apiary Studio drafted a series of designs to meet the needs of landowners, residents and local businesses.

Back in June, more than 30 volunteers built trellises, installed a drip irrigation system, and planted fruit trees, perennials, berry bushes and wildflowers. At the same time, the city's Community Life Improvement Programs (CLIP) cut weeds and removed trash on adjacent streets.

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