REBUILD Process at Paschalville Library Begins with Community Meeting

Built in 1915, the Library building is 106 years old and needs to be repaired and modernized.

By Globe Staff Writer

More than 50 people participated in the Paschalville Branch of the Free Library Kick Off (virtual) community meeting on March 11th

It’s been nearly two years since Mayor Kenney visited Paschalville Library, located at 6942 Woodland Avenue, to announce that millions of dollars will be designated to “rebuild” the 106 year old library.  The process of rebuilding the library is expected to take two and a half years.

During the meeting, architects from DI Group Architecture showed deterioration, both in public and behind-the-scenes areas, including the roof.  Years of maintenance neglect and the lack of adequate storage have taken their toll on the building. 

The architects are looking for input as to what the library should be when the Rebuild work is complete.  Visit to register and tell the designers how you use the library and what you would like to see. 

Kira Strong, executive director of Rebuild stated “Rebuild is a new way to invest in neighborhoods.” She went on to say that the community’s input should shape how the Paschalville Library is renovated.

Daniel Shupsky, from the Water Department, explained how Green tools protect Philly waterways, Videos were shown that explained how rainwater can get mixed with sewage and get into the creeks and rivers.  The goal to capture the water in rain gardens and other structures before it gets to the inlets.  More information can be found at

Diversified Services are the developers for this project.  Southwest CDC and the Free Library Foundation are doing the community outreach. 

If you missed the meeting, you can watch it in its entirety at

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