Rendering of the new African American Museum of Philadelphia at 18th and Vine streets. — SUBMITTED PHOTO COURTESY OF FRONTIER DEVELOPMENT

Philadelphia Tribune Staff Writer

The move by the African American Museum of Philadelphia to the Ben Franklin Parkway will place it close to some of the city’s most-visited cultural attractions such as the Art Museum and the Franklin Institute, its board chair told The Tribune on Thursday.

“They are destination places for Philadelphians and those that visit, so we are excited about the new traffic that we are anticipating in that space,” said Sabrina M. Brooks. “We are excited that we will be in a brand new home, a new development that will give visitors that embark on Philadelphia another place to visit that will focus on Black excellence and our Black community.”

The city announced this week that National Real Estate Development in Philadelphia and Frontier Development and Hospitality Group of Washington D.C. will redevelop the 247,000-square-foot building that previously housed the historical Family Court Building at 1801 Vine St.

Evens Charles, founder and principal of Frontier Development. — Submitted

Evens Charles is the founder and managing principal of Frontier Development and Hospitality Group. He’s a graduate of Temple University, where he played football.

Last year, the African American Museum of Philadelphia said it would relocate from Seventh and Arch streets to an 88,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility at the new site.