The Northeast Community Center on Holme Avenue won’t be empty for very long. New tenants from Lighthouse Chapel International
should be moving in within the week, but the community is still concerned with the parking and the pool.
TD Bank foreclosed the property a year ago when the owners, Phoenix Horizons, Inc., could no longer pay back the $1.1 million it borrowed to build an addition.
Rumors of possible buyers filled residents’ ears, but no one seemed likely except for Sant Properties, who came into play last spring. But the owners, brothers Ravinder and Hardeep Chawla — known for their previous legal issues with the city — backed out of buying the property because they couldn’t find tenants
Jeff Fuchs, owner of Sabra Properties, bought the Northeast Community Center in October.Fuchs’ broker brought the property to his attention, and having known Stan Cohen, the previous owner working with Phoenix Horizons, Inc., Fuchs looked more seriously into the property.
Fuchs comes from a background of working with communities as an ex-vice president of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia's Klein Branch
in Somerton, as well as being the President of Four Quarters Project, a multi-faith teen educational program. He still currently co-owns FLiCK Table Tennis and Performance Center
on Blue Grass Road, where he also coaches table tennis players.
“I wanted to make the place something the community can use,” said Fuchs, who first sought out the previous tenants to give them back the space. With no such luck, Fuchs moved on and has been in contact with Home Circle Civic Association President Elsie Stevens about the wants and needs of the community, which included a daycare or "infant school type."
“I wanted to do my due diligence and listen to the needs of the community,” Fuchs said.
Fuchs had more luck that the Chawla brothers and was able to find interested tenants for the building.
The Philadelphia chapter for Lighthouse Chapel International is a small congregation of about 120 adults located at 4910 Rhawn St. Lighthouse Chapel International is a non-denominational Christian organization that was started in Africa by Dag Heward Mills and now has 1,200 branches in 61 countries.
The church group plans on using the space for possibly a type of meals-on-wheels program for the needy in the Kensington area and will be holding activities on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, which Stevens announced at the HCCA meeting on Oct. 23.