The City Planning Commission gave the go-ahead for El Corazón Cultural Center, a new multipurpose facility on North Fifth Street between Huntingdon Street and Lehigh Avenue. As you can see from the rendering, this center will be vibrant, modern and approachable. Designed by Wallace Roberts & Todd LLC under principal architect Antonio Fiol-Silva, El Corazón will be the home of Taller Puertorriqueño, a community-based arts organization known as "The Cultural Heart of Latino Philadelphia."
The new center will look to feature a more spacious and flexible exhibition gallery, more classrooms with the latest technology, dance and theater studios that can combine into a 220 seat event space and an outdoor play area for children with an art patio. Funding could be an issue. Taller Puertorriqueño has "secured $6.6 million of the total $10.5 million needed." While they're eligible for $3 million is New Market Tax Credits, they're still fundraising as the group is still in need of $1 million to make up the difference.
·Planning Commission OKs New "Heart" For El Centro De Oro [Philly Living]
·About the New El Corazón Cultural Center [Taller Puertorriqueño]