THE MAYOR OF THE NORTHEAST
Updated: Sep 16, 2020
Rep. Jared Solomon's efforts to turn an old church into a community center meant going beyond the role of traditional politics. Why can’t we see more of that?
Thanks to the hard work of State Rep. Jared Solomon—the Northeast native who, since his election in 2016, has relentlessly championed the neighborhood that raised him—the historic Trinity Church Oxford Parish House would not only avoid being razed and turned into a Royal Farms, but would come back to life as the site of a Kinder Academy daycare center and Police Athletic League (PAL) rec center.
Over the last two years, Solomon has successfully quarterbacked a team of local leaders, such as Paul Steinke, executive director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, State Senator Christina Tartaglione, Stephanie Wein of PennEnvironment, Trinity Church Oxford vestryman Kyle Sammin and the Philadelphia Police Department, to have the sprawling, red-brick building—built in 1928—designated a historic landmark, while piecing together a roster of tenants that would enhance a community facing economic decline.