Solo Real Estate Owners Invest $10k in KCFC

Deborah Solo and Angel Franqui, owners of Solo Real Estate, have committed $10,000 to help the burgeoning Kensington Community Food Co-op (KCFC) move to the next phase of their development.


The end goal of the campaign is to open a complete healthy grocery store at the property KCFC secured this year at 2672 Coral Street (at the intersection of Coral Street, Frankford Avenue and Lehigh Avenue). Solo and Franqui’s investment pushes KCFC much closer to that goal.


Why are two real estate company owners interested in supporting a food co-op? Solo and Franqui personally value a local and sustainable food economy. “I believe a co-op educates people about their food, engaging them in the process of food cultivation and allowing them to build a community of conscious food consumers,” Solo describes.


Beyond the sustainability benefits, the couple knows the community-building power of a local food co-op: “We see the Co-op as supporting the growth of Northern Liberties/Kensington/Fishtown in a very positive way, allowing those communities to connect with food, with each other, and with other local businesses. This is needed and KCFC is making that happen,” Solo adds.


The couple lives near the future site of KCFC and are personally invested in KCFC’s success as a boost to life and health in their own neighborhood. As Solo puts it, “For 27 years I’ve lived and sold houses in the community; the Co-op’s strengthening of the community matters to me personally and professionally.”


The future site of KCFC (left) at 2654-72 Coral Street, and a rendering (right) of what the completed KCFC might look like


The investment is emblematic of Solo Real Estate’s care for community and value-driven business. Solo and Franqui have been long-time advocates of recycling, composting, creative re-use, community-building and the local food movement.


Jeff Carpineta, one the founders and current board member of KCFC, just had his 10 year anniversary as an agent with Solo Real Estate. Franqui, Solo and Carpineta have helped thousands of people find their homes and create their businesses in the area.


There are high-profile success stories, such as landing spaces for Johnny Brenda’s, Pura Vida,Cedar Point, Threshold Wellness, and Pizza Brain. Beyond these big wins for small businesses, they know daily habits are just as important for sustainability.


In the last two years, Solo Real Estate gifted thousands of custom-made recycling bins to tenants, clients, and neighbors, “ensuring that more of our neighbors and everyone living in a Solo Real Estate-managed property can recycle is much more important to us than any associated costs,” Solo explains.


Deborah Solo poses with one of the custom recycling bins that are given to our tenants, clients, & neighbors


Carpineta invites everyone to “come visit the Co-op site, and join the effort. The neighbors are creating something awesome.” Solo adds, “Please do, and take a recycling bin or two before you head home.”


To learn more about the Kensington Community Food Co-op, click here.


Opening image courtesy of KCFC. Site image courtesy of Hidden City Philadelphia and rendering by David Quadrini, MAKE Architecture.

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