A team of YouthBuild Philadelphia students, along with representatives of Saint-Gobain, had the opportunity to experience the excitement of checking out a possible rehab project for the FIRST time!
YouthBuild Philadelphia’s green team, led by instructor George Jenkins, braved a cold, blustery winter day recently, wielding screw guns and crow bars, to open up the side-by-side vacant properties in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia that may just well be the future home of a YouthBuild green rehab!
Lucas Hamilton, a building scientist from Saint-Gobain’s building materials division, CertainTeed, joined the students, construction manager, Don Pinkney and Nicetown CDC representatives in exploring the properties, assessing the damage…and the opportunities.
The property under consideration is located in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia, adjacent to the Wayne Junction train station (which is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation by the local transportation authority and the city) and a major low-income housing construction project by the Nicetown Community Development Corporation called Nicetown Court II – which is the next phase of a redevelopment project for the area which you can read more about here: http://www.philly.com/philly/insights/in_the_know/20120313_New_complex_may_herald_renewal_in_Nicetown.html)
The envisioned YouthBuild project is two adjacent row homes on Wingohocking Street which directly back up to all of this redevelopment. To say these abandoned properties are an eye sore in a neighborhood that is in the midst of a renaissance is an understatement. The ability for the area to redevelop these properties, and to do so in a green way, would make a HUGE impact on the community.
Keep on the lookout for more to come on this exciting possible project!