Watchdog is very pleased to be managing a community project for the South Philly Food Co-op. The Co-op is an initiative comprised of community leaders in South Philadelphia who are working together to open a grocery store that uses food as a force for good. The initiative is focused on bringing fresh, whole, sustainable and local foods to the community at affordable prices, while using the store to enhance morale in the surrounding neighborhoods.
Watchdog’s Director of Project Management and Professional Development, Natalie Malawey-Ednie, is a member of the South Philadelphia Food Co-op and first brought the project for public good to Watchdog. The Co-op has been an organization for a number of years and has spent time growing their membership and raising funds in order to open their first grocery store. Today, the Co-op has approximately 750 members.
It took the organization’s real estate committee several years to find a site that worked for opening the store. Now that the space has been identified and a lease has been signed, a facilities committee of five people were designated to run the project for the South Philly Food Co-op. The Co-op asked Watchdog to get involved to help manage the process, schedule and budget, and to offer our expertise. The budget is of utmost importance as it is made up of donations from Co-op members.
The project team is made up of Buckminster Green General Contractors, Re:Vision Architecture and Chestnut Engineering.
The 3,300-square foot space is located at 2031 South Juniper Street, at the intersection of Broad and Snyder, and serves the community well, as there is not a conventional grocery store in the nearby vicinity.
For more information on South Philly Food Co-Op and to make a donation, please visit the organization’s website here.
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