Promising to restore a North Philadelphia neighborhood known for dilapidated buildings and a lack of medical resources, city and state officials helped break ground Wednesday on a $15 million health-care facility near the Strawberry Mansion area.
The Stephen Klein Wellness Center, named for the developer, is expected to offer primary care, dental, and behavioral health services - as well as 50 job openings - when it opens near 21st Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. More than 100 people jammed inside a heated tent Wednesday for the ceremony.
High rates of obesity have been a problem in the area. In the 19121 zip code, where the center will be built, for example, more than 50 percent of adults were estimated to be obese, according to the 2012 Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey released by the nonprofit Public Health Management Corp.