Put your ear to the streets of Philadelphia and you will hear something to do with green, sustainability or community development. Open your eyes while walking or biking through each neighborhood and you will see these words put into action.
Philadelphia is on the path to be the greenest city in the country, and with great projects like the storm water collection at Liberty Lands and a porous street in South Philly, we are on our way.
In this blog series, Green Sketches from the Hood, I will share with you various aspects, including green developers and personalities, that are driving different neighborhoods to be more green.
The Graduate Hospital neighborhood has experienced exponential growth and gentrification with hundreds of single family homes and condominium units and dozens of new retail establishments and eateries in the recent few years. It has consistently increased in value and was named a “Top 10 Awesome Neighborhood” in February of 2010 by Philly Mag. Also referred to as Southwest Center City, this area is home to Bancroft Green, a Seibert Property development focusing on Green and high-end living.
Bancroft Green is the first, and only, sustainable multi-home development in Center City. Developers and visionaries Scott and G.C. Seibert pride themselves on creating beautifully designed homes that are unbelievably energy-efficient, appointed with high-end finishes and located in the heart of downtown.
I sat down with Scott Seibert recently. He and his brother have made an incredible impact on the Graduate Hospital. They were the first green builder in the City to offer geothermal HVAC as a utility option. He was very excited about the way his sales have gone this year of the second phase of Bancroft Green.
Scott’s tells me, “My greatest sense of achievement has been the ability to leave behind a great project where people will thrive in a awesome environment.” What Scott and his brother bring to the building table is their passion and their expertise in executing all the myriad details that make up the challenges of not just building green, but offering high-end sustainable living. Their loyalty does not rest on their subconcractors, rather their performance outcomes. All these qualities benefits anyone who is lucky enough to purchase one of their homes.
They have one one unit left at this location, and are starting a new development in Queen Village soon. Contact me for more details or to set up a time to tour this outstanding home.