Moving forward

Our collective actions and the collective support of neighbors, partners, investors, and our team continue to move us forward in making generational investments in people and places in Philly and beyond.

Investing in people, places, next generation entrepreneurs, developers, and leaders

$ 1 MM
capital invested in the
neighborhoods we serve
(THROUGH 2021)​
$ 1 MM
spent on businesses in the
neighborhoods we serve
(THROUGH 2021)

We provide space to collaborate, express, grow, and break through

BIPOC-owned small business (as of 2021)
new BIPOC-owned small business (in 2021)
woman-owned small business (as of 2021)
$ 1 MM
new woman-owned small business (in 2021)

At MaKen Studios and J-centrel and on Kensington Avenue, we welcomed small businesses who work in science and research, food and beverage, health, creative experiences, fitness, and who deliver community-serving services and support for minority-owned businesses, creators.

We lead real estate projects and programs driven by equitable development best practices

J-centrel Caphe Roasters
Càphê Roasters launches cafe at J-centrel

We celebrated a lot at J-centrel in 2021. We kicked off our Opening Day, welcoming the community, investors, partners to the building. We welcomed 10 new small businesses. We launched our Good Neighbor Program for residents to support the communities of Harrowgate and Kensington through volunteering opportunities with our partner organizations or who are an employee of one of our partners. Càphê Roasters opened their first cafe at J-centrel.

With our partners, Mosaic Development Partners, construction went into full-swing to deliver mixed market rate and affordable apartment residences with street-level retail providing essential and supportive services to the Sharswood neighborhood, including a grocery store, urgent care, eateries, and a community bank.

Sharswood Ridge affordable living Philadelphia SHIFT
Beury Building North Broad Street Philadelphia SHIFT
Inside the Beury Building, North Broad Street Philadelphia

The Beury Building and The Residences at the Beury

Monumental Moment 1
The first phase of construction at the legendary Beury Building began, decades in the making

Monumental Moment 2
Community partnerships with BGEC (Broad-Germantown-Erie Collaborative) and the North Broad Real Estate Commission to raise the bar of equitable development, unify projects and impact for the North Broad Street communities.

We provide space to envision, create impact, and support

Jess X. Snow J-centrel philadelphia mural

Space to envision a new world through art

Artist Jess X. Snow brought us “The Future Is Worth The Fight, Just Hold On & You Will See ‘’ mural next to our J-centrel property with support from Mural Arts Restorative Justice Department’s Women’s Reentry Pilot Program participants and assisting artists Sonja John, Kah Yangni, Michael Konrad, and Malachi Floyd.

Safe Hub End of Year Jawn MaKen North

Space to create impact

Safe-Hub Philadelphia and the Block Gives Back, two non-profits focused on empowering communities, families, and kids, hosted their End of Year Jawn event at MaKen North.

Scanlon Playground Philadelphia

Supporting the neighborhood

SHIFT supported local artists Linda Fernandez of Amber Art and Design and Carly Noella Najera, a local resident to secure funding form Mural Art’s Neighborhood Yes Fund to create signage and a mural at Scanlon Playground in Harrowgate.