Ensuring Vital Programs and Services on the North Peninsula Jewish Campus Remain Available Now and for Future GenerationsOctober 3, 2012
Located in the heart of San Mateo County, the North Peninsula Jewish Campus (NPJC) campus in Foster City serves tens of thousands local Foster City and greater Bay Area residents each year with wide-ranging programs, services and educational options that span the generations. The campus is anchored by the Peninsula Jewish Community Center (PJCC) and Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School (RC Wornick JDS), and includes offices and programs of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (JCF) of San Francisco, Jewish Vocational Services (JVS), and other service providers.
North Peninsula Jewish Campus Wins Approval To Purchase Property in Foster City
To help ensure that vital programs and services on campus remain available now and for future generations, NPJC announced today that it has finalized the purchase of the property where its campus currently resides. The deal was cemented by approval from the Foster City Council in a 4-1 vote.
According to Scott Maltz, Immediate Past President of the PJCC and leader of the NPJC negotiating team, the negotiations with Foster City were part of a strong collaborative effort. He also lauded the campus negotiating team, which included professionals from the JCF’s Capital Planning Committee, as well as an inter-organizational staff team.
A team of real estate professionals from JCF’s Capital Planning Committee volunteered hundreds of hours of highly technical real estate expertise. This work culminated in an early $1 million grant from the JCF’s Endowment Fund.
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Maltz also praised the City of Foster City for its willingness to negotiate the purchase “We greatly appreciate the City’s commitment to an outcome that serves the needs of both City residents and the broader community, including PJCC members, Day School families, and thousands of others who regularly take advantage of the campus,” said Maltz.
The City will hold a 25-year mortgage on the property. The NPJC has launched a fundraising campaign to pay for the acquisition, bolstered by the JCF Endowment Fund grant and private contributions to help kick it off. A challenge grant from the Koret Foundation will contribute up to an additional $1 million if the NPJC successfully raises an additional $2 million from other sources.
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