March 7, 2013
It is fitting that Oxford Mills—one of the great textile manufacturing complexes in Philadelphia —be reborn into a center that attracts individuals and organizations that work to strengthen Philadelphia’s communities today. Erected in seven stages (between 1873 and 1913), Oxford Mills was once the largest dye works factory in the South Kensington neighborhood, and the largest recycler of surplus cotton in Philadelphia. The complex, totaling 170,000 square feet, represents a significant era in Philadelphia’s textile history. After decades of industrial productivity comprising a wide variety of uses, the buildings will undergo a historically-certified restoration using sustainable design and building methods.
The project developers, Seawall Development LLC and D3 Development, will model Oxford Mills after similar Seawall projects in Baltimore. PIDC provided $15 million in New Markets Tax Credit allocation, Enterprise Community Investment, Inc. provided $10 million and the National Trust Community Investment Corporation provided $9 million. TD Bank was the equity investor for the full NMTC allocation and provided $17.8 million in term debt and $6.3 million in historic tax credit equity.
Oxford Mills will create an affordable living and commercial space, and transform the underutilized buildings into a vibrant, supportive environment where educators and nonprofits can collaborate and thrive. Teach for America, a strong supporter of the two-building project, will occupy 14,000 square feet of the east building’s office space with several other nonprofit organizations. Sixty-eight rental units are designated as affordable for new teachers who will receive discounts on the rent.
For more information on Oxford Mills, please visit www.theoxfordmills.com.