ReNewbold finally schedules official groundbreaking – and BBQ

Yes, we’ve been burned before, but we got word yesterday that ReNewbold, the long-delayed housing development coming to 16th and Moore, has finally scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony.

And this time, there can’t be any more delays. A whole passel of politicians and civic leaders are scheduled to attend the ceremony, which is set for Wednesday Oct. 16 at 3 p.m.

An updated rendering
An updated rendering

The development, by LPMG (headed by John Longacre, owner of South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar) in partnership with Postgreen Homes, will bring 16 rowhomes, two condos and one corner retail space to Newbold. The project, which will seek LEED certification, is the “single largest private investment in the West Broad neighborhood of Newbold in more than 50 years,” according to a news release.

Immediately after the ceremony, there will be a cookout and question-and-answer session for neighbors and guests. You can check out the specs and get more information about the homes here.


The development was announced way back in February 2011. Two years later, we reported that Longacre believed groundbreaking would be another 30 to 45 days. So much for that. He attributed the extensive delays to the complexity of the project, saying in February that part of the problem were tax liens and private liens on the property.

But now, it’s all systems go. Expect to see some people start moving in by early 2014.