Philadelphia Housing Authority Engages Pennrose to Redevelop and WRT as Planning Coordinator for Bartram Village

Bartram Village and the surrounding neighborhood awarded $1.3M in Choice Neighborhood Grants

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Philadelphia, PA - Pennrose, a leader in multifamily development and management, has been selected by the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) to redevelop Bartram Village in southwest Philadelphia. In addition, WRT, an integrated design firm of planners, urban designers, architects and landscape architects, has been selected as the planning coordinator for the development. Once complete, the project will include over 500 mixed-income units as part of a larger effort to revitalize Bartram Village and the surrounding Kingsessing neighborhood.

Bartram Village is one of only six projects nationwide to be awarded a Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI) Planning and Action Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and one of only three to receive the CNI Action Grant. The $1.3 million grant, coupled with additional local leverage, will go toward a community-led plan and the implementation of small-scale Action Activities that will benefit the community in the short term.

“Revitalizing Bartram Village aligns with our mission to transform communities through the creation of safe, high quality housing,” said Timothy I. Henkel, principal and senior vice president of Pennrose. “We look forward to working closely with PHA and the community throughout the planning and development process to deliver a project that will best serve the individuals and families in the area.”

HUD's Choice Neighborhoods Initiative promotes a comprehensive approach to transforming neighborhoods struggling to address the complex challenges presented by a combination of distressed housing, inadequate schools, poor health, high crime, and lack of investment. The goals of the program are to replace inadequate and distressed housing, improve outcomes for households living in the targeted area, and create conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods.

“We could not be more thrilled to be part of this effort in our backyard – working with community and local stakeholders to address issues of equity, poverty, changing demographics, access to the city’s open space assets, and rethinking of riverfront land uses,” said Woo Kim, WRT principal. “We look forward to an inclusive and transparent two-year planning process that will ultimately benefit the entire city.”

Bartram Village was built in 1942 as housing for defense workers in Southwest Philadelphia. The current housing at the site lacks the amenities, layout, unit space, and energy efficiency needed in a 21st century housing development. The 22-acre site currently includes approximately 500 units and is adjacent to Bartram's Garden, a 45-acre national Historic Landmark that is preserving its botanical heritage by reestablishing healthy land and river ecosystems, fostering curiosity and stewardship of the natural world through extensive community programming and its connection to the Schuylkill River trail, and by deepening the community’s relationship with the land, food, and each other through urban farming and food sovereignty.

About Pennrose
With more than 40 years of experience, Pennrose combines quality development and proven management to deliver exceptional lifestyle-centered communities for its residents. With the superior knowledge and unparalleled dedication to get the job done right, Pennrose develops and operates both conventional and affordable communities throughout the Eastern and Midwestern portion of the United States. For more information visit

About WRT
WRT is a dynamic cross disciplinary firm offering services in planning, urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture. For more than 50 years, WRT has been dedicated to improving the quality of the natural and built environments by applying principles of sustainability to the planning and design of buildings, landscapes, cities, and regions. The firm has been the recipient of more than 400 planning and design awards both nationally and internationally. For more information, please visit


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