JTA – The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia will come out of bankruptcy in the coming weeks after a former administrator stepped in to buy the museum building and rent it out for a nominal monthly rent of $ 1,000.
Mitchell Morgan, a local real estate CEO, will pay the museum about $ 10 million for its downtown property under a plan approved by a federal judge on Wednesday.
The plan also settles a debt with bondholders, including Morgan, who agreed to take $ 14 million less than they were owed.
“We live in a time that requires us to reflect on our values, and a time when our country needs institutions like the National Museum of American Jewish History that represent freedom and inclusiveness,” Morgan said in a statement.
The deal allows the museum to buy back its building after 42 months for the sale price of $ 10.1 million plus 4%, Bloomberg Law reported.
The the museum filed for bankruptcy in March 2020 because he couldn’t afford the debt from the construction of his new building, which opened on Independence Mall in 2010.
The next month, the pandemic and bankruptcy process led the museum to put two-thirds of its staff on leave, bankruptcy rendering the institution ineligible for federal relief under the Paycheck Protection Program.
The museum was closed to visitors for public health reasons and has since operated virtually. A reopening date is coming, the museum stated in an update posted in July.
Museum CEO Misha Galperin responded to the bankruptcy deal by calling Morgan a “mensch and a hero.”
“The initiative that Mitch and his family have demonstrated brings stability to this Philadelphia institution and preserves a magnificent treasure for the Jewish community, for the city of Philadelphia and for our nation,” Galperin said in a statement.