“We have been really fortunate to have Watchdog Real Estate project managers to be our representative and liaison in working with our design and construction teams.” – Angel D’Ippolito, South Philly Food Co-Op
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.
The vision for the project is to create a store where the South Philly community can pop in and get everything they need locally to feed themselves and their families with natural, healthy food at fair prices. The space will provide a product selection that is a reflection of the community’s desires and needs. The South Philly community will have a hand in how the store is operated.
This is a unique project for Watchdog. In this case, our client is a volunteer-led startup. Everyone on the team at South Philly Food Co-Op is a volunteer with day-jobs outside of the co-op. Therefore, bandwidth is a challenge for this team. Given this type of organization, it was important to build a highly collaborative project team. We needed to select consultants who could adapt, flex and solve problems creatively. The project team is made up of Buckminster Green General Contractors, Re:Vision Architecture and Chestnut Engineering.
Our collaboration with South Philly Food Co-Op is a true partnership. A grocery layout professional from UNFI did an initial site analysis and developed several concepts for the store. Re:Vision reviewed the layouts and made adjustments where necessary. Buckminster Green General Contractors has acted as a partner to execute the construction of the project.
Our client contact, Angel D’Ippolito was interviewed about this project by Generosity.org. Read the full interview here.