Drexel University officials have announced that the school will use a $10 million donation to build a community center that will offer residents in Powelton Village and Mantua a host of services, from free legal and health clinics to art programs and advice for small businesses.
Two properties and a former elementary school on Spring Garden Street between 34th and 35th streets will house the center, which will occupy about 29,000 square feet.
Drexel President John Fry told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he wants the center to help Drexel become the most civically engaged university in the country. Dana Dornsife, a 1983 Drexel graduate, and her husband David donated the money for the project, which will draw on faculty and student expertise to help address issues in the surround neighborhood. The Dornsifes are based in California.
The center is expected to open in 2014.