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Philly Housing Project Set for Redevelopment

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) selected Pennrose to redevelop Bartram Village in southwest Philadelphia. The community-driven neighborhood redevelopment will include 600-800 mixed income units as part of a larger effort to revitalize Bartram Village and the surrounding Kingsessing neighborhood.

The community is one of only six projects nationwide to be awarded a Choice Neighborhood Initiative (CNI) Planning Grant from HUD,and one of only three to receive the CNI Action Grant. Combined, the $1.3 million in grants will go toward the planning and redevelopment of Bartram Village and the surrounding neighborhood.

Bartram Village was built in 1942 as housing for defense workers in southwest Philadelphia at 5404 Gibson Dr. 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 roughly 500 units and is adjacent to Bartram’s Garden.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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