Investments in residential and commercial real estate development can be solutions for social challenges if done with intention. Our community centered social impact projects are interventions for community transformation and equity.
Project Title: STEAM²IE™ Workspaces, West Philadelphia. STEAM²IE™ Workspaces is a place-based economic mobility catalyst. We are investing in adaptive reuse of the 12,000 sq. ft. vacant warehouse to be converted into a 17,100 sq. ft state of the art makerspace for workforce development and entrepreneurialism.
Total Project Costs: $5.8 million (estimated)
Project Timeline: Expected Early 2021
Problem We Solve: An initiative of Ujima Developers, LLC and Community Transformation Partners, Inc (a not-for-profit) STEAM²IE™ Workspace is an innovation of the Makerspace model that will change the narrative of income inequality in Philadelphia, the manufacturing skills gap in Pennsylvania and the technology talent shortage experienced in the United States. STEAM²IE™ will provide community residents with access to introductory knowledge and skills leading to jobs for the future, opportunities for upskilling and co-working space for tech entrepreneurs. In addition, it will provide a public programming space. Access to opportunities to earn more than a living supports families potential for homeownership and wealth creation.
Project Title: East Parkside Age Friendly Village, West Philadelphia. New construction of 14 Duplexes featuring accessible and affordable senior condos and affordable market rate bi-level condos in a net zero designed smart home
Total Project Cost: $8.3 million
Project Timeline: Late 2020
Problem We Solve: This is health/wellbeing solution for families with aging relatives and active seniors who want to age in place. This multi-generational village style development will offer accessible garden style apartment condos and affordable market rate bi-level condos in a net zero duplex. The Age Friendly Village will offer resident services that reduce the stress of caregivers and the promote the safety, health and wellbeing of seniors who want to stay in a neighborhood and maintain their independence. This development implements components of AARP’s Livable Communities model. This will be a place where residents of all ages have the opportunity to thrive.
Project Title: Age Friendly Chase St, Phase I, Baltimore, MD. Six (6) vacant row homes, as part of an assemblage of 17 vacant buildings and lots on the 2200 Block of Chase St.
Total Project Costs: $1.2 million
Projected Timeline: Fall 2020
Problem We Solve: This a health/wellbeing solution that offers 3 bedroom/3 bath floor plans designed with ADA compliant features to minimize accident risks, promote health and reduce caregiver stress. The Middle East Neighborhood is in transition and this project provides affordable market rate housing for families in the community with aging relatives that want to remain in the neighborhood in a row house designed for all ages as an alternative to gentrification.