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November 05, 2010

Philadelphia Builds a Greener Future

IStock_000000730467XSmall There's a lot to be upset about in Philadelphia right now. Well, mainly it's just that one recent thing, but it carries enough of a sting to keep the spirits of the tri-county area subdued.

But there's more to Philadelphia than just baseball, thankfully, and the city's environmental agenda, already alive with efforts from PECO, GPEN, and local enviro-mag GRiD, has taken another step forward with the construction of a housing complex called Vineyards 16.

Located in the city's Francisville section, Vineyards is a LEED platinum certified project, built to accomodate 20 three-family homes with solar power and roofs built for green landscaping. 

Something of a mass exodus had grown in the low-income Ridge Avenue corridor. As the population shrunk, businesses found it harder to stay viable. Eventually, a study determined that the area was losing $65 million annually. So the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation stepped in.

In 2006, with a $100,000 grant, the group began developing a project to ressurect their neighbornood. The end of the equation was entitled “Moving Francisville Forward: A Blueprint for the Future," of which Vineyards is merely a facet. The group, in partnership with 16 landowners, will be forging ahead with construction and plans to have all of the units up by January of next year.

--Justin Klugh

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