Salvation Army to donate 22nd & Market land

Posted: March 21, 2014

CITY TREASURER Nancy Winkler attended the press conference in Mayor Nutter's reception room yesterday, but she wasn't behind the podium.

Winkler sat in the audience, holding her husband's hand, as city officials announced that the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia would donate 2,445 square feet of prime real estate for a memorial park at 22nd and Market streets - the site of last year's demolition accident that killed Winkler's 24-year-old daughter, Anne Bryan, and five other people.

"Our message today is to thank everyone for recognizing that this was the right thing to do, and we appreciate that we've all come together and found a solution, really, quicker than I'd imagined," Winkler said.

Nutter said his administration would send a bill to City Council to accept the land donation from the Salvation Army, whose thrift shop was destroyed in the collapse. The 22nd & Market Memorial Committee is raising money to create a permanent memorial there.

"Today's announcement is about moving forward, with a sense of hope for the future," Nutter said. "But, quite frankly, we will never forget what happened that day."

Council President Darrell Clarke described the building collapse, which also injured 13 people, as "one of the most tragic events in the history of the city of Philadelphia."

The memorial committee has so far collected about $50,000 in cash and in-kind contributions toward the park's total estimated cost of $250,000. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where Anne Bryan was a student, will hold a design competition for the memorial itself.

"Acquiring the land was the most important step," said Brandywine Realty Trust president Jerry Sweeney, the memorial committee's finance chairman.

After the announcement, Nutter and Winkler embraced in a long hug.

"We would like a beautiful park that reflects the importance of human life," Winkler said.

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