After two years of negotiations for a lease extension for the Tolentine Community Center, which has been located at 11th and Mifflin for 25 years, the city has decided that the center’s lease will not be extended.
All of the center’s community services currently provided will be suspended as of August 29.
More on the announcement of the center’s closing from a Letter to the Editor from Tolentine Board President, Anna Mattei, in the South Philly Review:
Tolentine’s attempts over the past two years to negotiate a city lease extension or a new city lease have not been successful. On Aug. 20, Tolentine was officially notified in writing by Michael DiBerardinis, commissioner of the Parks and Recreation Department, that, “the city will not lease the recreation center or any part of it to” Tolentine.
Tolentine is informed, pursuant to city contracts, the city will staff the property with Parks and Recreation employees. Tolentine is informed the city will likely be unable to offer services for up to a year.
Effective Aug. 29, the city property located at 1025-33 Mifflin Street shall no longer be referred to as the Tolentine Community Center. It will not offer a fall afterschool program in September.
According to a statement on Tolentine’s website, they are looking for a new location so they can continue offering services to the community.
Now that this center is no longer Tolentine, how would you like to see this 35,000 sq. ft. space utilized in the future?