Huntingdon Mills – Establishing and Developing a Community for Health and Wellness

D3 Real Estate Development
Organization Overview: 

D3 Real Estate Development is a civic-minded real estate company focusing on two distinct areas of business: Developing progressive, modern and high-quality residential and mixed-use communities; and, Providing Owner’s Representative/Development Management services to nonprofit institutions that require focused, experienced guidance and assistance with their real estate needs. D3 distinguishes itself through the following core values:

  • Respecting and improving the neighborhoods in which it works
  • Incorporating good urban planning principles and thoughtful design and into each project
  • Integrating progressive and sustainable design elements into its buildings
  • Leveraging extensive construction experience to create well built, high quality environments
  • Focusing more on community and less on the bottom line

Recent projects include Oxford Mills, FringeArts, El Corazon Cultural Arts Center, Community Partnership School, Cherry Street Pier, and Children’s Crisis Treatment Center.

Project Name: 
Huntingdon Mills – Establishing and Developing a Community for Health and Wellness
Project Type: 
Strategic Plan; Real Estate Development
Project Overview: 

Located on the border of 19125 and 19134 in Philadelphia, and situated in close proximity to neighborhoods with significant need, Huntingdon Mills is a unique, civic-focused and mission-driven real estate development that will consist of the historic restoration and rehabilitation of a striking, century-old industrial complex. The development will transform the existing facility into an active and vibrant mixed-use residential and commercial community, developed specifically for individuals and organizations in the health and human services sector.

When completed, Huntingdon Mills will house approximately 45 apartments for social workers, therapists and nurses who work in the health and human services field. These individuals will receive a 25% discount in rent. In addition, the complex will house roughly 18,000 square feet of office space for nonprofit organizations. Amenities will include shared conference room space, break room, community lounge, landscaped and programmed courtyard, fitness center and on-site café.

This concept is based on the development team’s recent success at Oxford Mills, which was developed specifically for the education community. Huntingdon Mills will be built upon the positive outcomes at Oxford Mills and will feature many of those same benefits, now applied to the health and human services sector.

The project is distinct in that the opportunities for learning and professional growth exist not only in the many details of typical “bricks-and-mortar” real estate development work; but also, and more importantly, in the many character-building efforts associated with creating a “community” dedicated to a nonprofit services community.


To provide a unique, diverse, hands-on, experiential learning opportunity for a talented and entrepreneurial student interested in participating in the planning and execution of a large, urban mission- and civic-driven real estate development. The goal would be to immerse the student into the many challenges, opportunities and steps/tasks required to execute a substantial mixed-use, mission-driven development from conception to completion, if possible. The project itself is in the very nascent stages of development and the student will be afforded the opportunity to participate and help execute the many complicated responsibilities associated with this work. A successful outcome could include one or more of the following:

  • The student’s skills and talents are substantially enriched by active, hands-on participation;
  • The student considers a career in civic- or mission-focused real estate development or community building 
  • D3 and the student explore and/or consider longer term employment opportunities


  • The City of Philadelphia: City Hall, City Council, Planning, Commerce, Licenses and Inspections
  • Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation
  • Various Banks and Lending Institutions
  • Community Development Entities - Related to New Market Tax Credit Financing
  • National Park Services and the PA Historic Preservation Office -- Related to Historic Tax Credit Financing
  • Health and Human Service Nonprofit Organizations Throughout Philadelphia
Spots Available: 
Executive; Full-Time
To Apply: 

To apply for this project, please contact Cassie Tomkins at

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829