Tartaglione gives Mayfair CDC $50,000 to develop vacant lot

State Sen. Tina Tartaglione presents a $50,000 check to the Mayfair Community Development Corporation. From left: CDC board member Lisa Greco, newly named Mayfair Business Improvement District executive director Donny Smith, CDC director of operations Kelly Long and CDC vice chairman Kevin Leonard.

State Sen. Christine Tartaglione (D-2nd dist.) last week delivered a $50,000 development grant to the Mayfair Community Development Corporation to support the acquisition and redevelopment of a vacant, debris-strewn lot on the 7300 block of Crispin St.

The CDC plans to repurpose the triangular-shaped lot, which measures more than one-third of an acre, into community park space as well as storage space for local nonprofit organizations and businesses that routinely present public events in and around Frankford and Cottman avenues.

The Mayfair Civic Association owns the lot, which is overgrown and often used as a dumping ground. The CDC will be buying the lot and is in the process of getting estimates for the work needed for the overhaul.

“I am pleased and excited to bring this public investment into Mayfair, where residents, businesses and organizations like the CDC are working hard to perpetuate and grow their strong sense of community spirit,” Tartaglione said. “There always seems to be something big and fun happening in Mayfair. I look forward to taking part in their many festivals and celebrations for years to come.”

The funding was awarded through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Local Share Account program, which disburses a portion of slot machine revenue generated by casino operators in Philadelphia.

The presentation was made at the Mayfair Community Center, 2990 St. Vincent St.

Accepting the money were members of the CDC, including newly appointed Mayfair Business Improvement District executive director Donny Smith. ••