• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

reNewbold development breaks ground at 16th and Moore

In Newbold, a new name for a section of an old neighborhood, what's new is progress on reNewbold, a sustainable housing development coming to 16th and Moore streets.

Yesterday John Longacre, owner of LPMG Companies and the man credited for carving out a section of Point Breeze and rebranding it as Newbold, broke ground on reNewbold – a collaboration between LPMG Companies, Postgreen Homes and Interface Studio Architects (ISA). The project, which will seek LEED Platinum certification for its sustainable design, will bring 16 rowhomes, two condos and one retail space to the large vacant lot where the Francis M. Drexel School once stood.

    • reNewbold rendering, looking south on 16th Street
      reNewbold rendering, looking south on 16th Street
    • This is one of the larger investments the community has seen recently, in large part because Newbold does not have many large, vacant lots
      This is one of the larger investments the community has seen recently, in large part because Newbold does not have many large, vacant lots
    • reNewbold rendering
      reNewbold rendering
    • reNewbold will fill this vacant lot with 16 rowhomes, two condos and one retail space
      reNewbold will fill this vacant lot with 16 rowhomes, two condos and one retail space
    • Until a few years ago the Francis M. Drexel School, built in 1888, sat vacant on this lot
      Until a few years ago the Francis M. Drexel School, built in 1888, sat vacant on this lot
    • The project emphasizes green building technology and green living amenities
      The project emphasizes green building technology and green living amenities
    • The lot sits on Moore Street between Bancroft and 16th streets
      The lot sits on Moore Street between Bancroft and 16th streets
    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson joined project leaders at the ground breaking ceremony
      Councilman Kenyatta Johnson joined project leaders at the ground breaking ceremony
    • Project leaders posed for the ceremonial groundbreaking
      Project leaders posed for the ceremonial groundbreaking
    • The event was an opportunity for neighbors to learn more about the project scope
      The event was an opportunity for neighbors to learn more about the project scope
    • Neighbors hung around afterward for a barbeque and Newbold IPA, a local beer that Philadelphia Brewing Company named after the neighborhood
      Neighbors hung around afterward for a barbeque and Newbold IPA, a local beer that Philadelphia Brewing Company named after the neighborhood
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Longacre has been a force in the Newbold neighborhood since before it was known as Newbold. In 2002 Longacre bought the South Philly Taproom at 15th and Hicks streets and was confused by the enigmatic neighborhood, which despite having great assets was not, Longacre said, seen as a desired location.

“The longer we were here the more we realized there was a missing civic component,” he said.

Longacre began organizing and, with others, he recast a section of Point Breeze (from Broad to 18th and Washington to Wolfe Street) as Newbold, which was the original name of Hicks Street. Within Newbold Longacre promoted civic engagement. 

Longacre’s latest endeavor is the reNewbold housing development.

“I think it’s good, good for the neighborhood,” said Scott Evans, a South Philly resident and business owner. “…I think in general people like the idea. New energy and money has come into the neighborhood. It’s been kind of a depressed area.”

Longtime civic activist Al Littlepage said there has not been a large scale development like this in the neighborhood because there aren’t many large, vacant lots like the one at 16th and Moore streets.

“We’re excited to see new development,” he said. “…We’re just hoping the community will be involved as far as the work on the project.”

Chad Ludeman, president and founder of Postgreen Homes, said the development will be similar to some Postgreen’s other homes like Passive Project or First Steel. Like these other projects, reNewbold will feature the latest in sustainable design, energy efficiency, air quality and fine construction. With each project Postgreen hones and refines its practices. Ludeman said reNewbold has the potential to be the best yet. 

About the author

Christine Fisher, Transportation reporter

From 2012-2014 Christine covered transportation, writing about everything from pedestrian concerns to bicycle infrastructure, bridges, trail networks, public transit and more. Her favorite assignments sent her bushwhacking through Philadelphia’s yet-to-be-cleared bike trails, catching a glimpse of SEPTA’s inner workings or pounding the pavement to find out what pedestrians really think. Christine also covered community news for Eyes on the Street, where her work ranged from food sovereignty to public art and urban greening. She first joined PlanPhilly in fall 2011 as an intern through a partnership with Temple University’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods website. 


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