Memorial park planned at site of deadly Phila. building collapse

PHILADELPHIA - March 20, 2014

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

From a victim's mother to the residents of Philadelphia.

"It's fantastic that they're turning it into a memorial. I'll never forget because it was horrible," said Jennifer Yuan.

Word that the 22nd and Market Street collapse site will be a permanent memorial warmed hearts.

"The Salvation Army has generously decided to donate the land on which their shop existed at 2140 Market Street to the City of Philadelphia," said Mayor Michael Nutter, during the announcement Thursday.

"It all had to start with the land for that were grateful to the mayor, the deputy mayor and the city council president for making it happen," said Jerry Sweeney, 22nd and Market Memorial Committee.

The memorial committee needs to raise $250,000 for the project.

"I think it will be a place I'll be drawn to, I think the preliminary designs are really beautiful," said Winkler.

Winkler, who is city treasurer, lost her 24-year-old daughter Nancy Bryan in the collapse.

Winkler has lead the driver to honor all six people killed and the more than one dozen who were injured.

Now she along with neighbors are looking ahead to replace tragedy with beauty.

"We've all come together and found a solution quicker than I imagined," said Winkler.

The memorial committee is still $50,000 away from their fundraising goal. People can get a tree, a bench or a fence depending on how much they give.

The design concept will be revealed on April 1st at a meeting with neighbors.

Organizers hope to raise funds for the park in time for the anniversary in June.

Anyone wishing to donate can visit this website for more information.

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