Our Projects

Our projects reflect our values and a belief that Kennett’s small size should never limit our ability to creatively imagine and implement designs that encourage the comprehensive thriving of our community.

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Kennett Trails Alliance

Connecting Kennett to its natural beauty.

The Kennett Trails Alliance (KTA) is an initiative to physically connect the Kennett community to its natural beauty through the formation of a 12-mile hard surface, safe, interconnected and well-maintained pedestrian and bicycle trail loop through Kennett Township and Borough, named the Kennett Greenway.

This network of trails will eventually link some of our area’s most valuable community assets such as  State Line Woods, Auburn Heights and Marshall Bridge, parks and fields such as Nixon Park, Pennock Park and Legacy Fields and other attractions such as the YMCA and the YMCA outdoor pool, Birch Street and Victory Brewery.

KTA works in partnership with Kennett Township, Kennett Borough, The Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County, Kennett Township Trails and Sidewalk Committee and Kennett Township Land Conservation Advisory Committee to design, plan, build and maintain the trail network.

To learn more, visit www.kennettgreenway.com

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The Constellation Network (TCN)

Led and funded by SRC and local churches, TCN’s mission is to build and equip networks of leaders to strategically advance the common good in Southern Chester County.

Kennett’s faith community represents many passionate and active participants in addressing our area’s social challenges.

Believing that churches can be far more effective when working together rather than individually, TCN seeks to build relationships between churches and create opportunities for churches to collaboratively work with local social agencies to address these challenges.

TCN facilitates Give|Serve|Restore (GSR), an annual collaborative initiative of 20+ local churches to focus on a pressing social issue during the season of Lent. Money raised during GSR has provided funding to Family Promise, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and the Bridges Out of Poverty program. GSR collected over 8,000 lbs. of food for area food banks and provided thousands of volunteer hours for our community.

In collaboration with Kennett Area Community Services (KACS), TCN provides support to The SSC Opportunity Network, a working group of community volunteers focused on implementing the Bridges Out of Poverty initiative through advocacy, education and action.

To learn more, visit www.theconstellationnetwork.com

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The Creamery of Kennett Square

A restored and reimagined community gathering space.

The original site of the Eastern Condensed Milk Company on Birch Street, The Creamery was reimagined as a pop-up beer garden and community gathering space in 2016 after falling into disrepair for many years.

As a community gathering space, The Creamery celebrates all things authentic and local – including art, live music, and food – and aims to make all guests feel at home. It is an inviting space for adults and children alike, who can enjoy games like bocce, corn hole and Jenga with friends and family over good food and drink.

The Creamery building is deeply connected to Kennett’s history. Built in 1902 by Theodore Pennock, a serial entrepreneur, his parents were some of Kennett’s leading abolitionists and hosted leaders such as Fredrick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony in their home on East Linden Street. Theodore Pennock’s son, Herb became a Hall of Fame pitcher with the Yankees where he was a teammate of Babe Ruth.

To learn more, visit kennettcreamery.com

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Birch Street Project

Consistent with the Borough’s comprehensive plan, SRC is working to make Birch Street a place of art, culture and community.

Originally The Creamery was a two-year experimental pop-up project that validated the idea that Birch Street could be an attractive location for art, culture and community.

This sparked other developments such as Braeloch Brewery, art studios and other concepts in the works. We welcome these new businesses as they advance this vision of Birch Street. In addition, SRC also recently moved our offices onto Birch Street.

Kennett Trails Alliance recently resurfaced the Kennett Greenway from the YMCA to the artisan shop WorKS, connecting State Street to Birch Street via a wooded trail.

SRC has worked with Birch Street residents to minimize the impact to their lives from the popularity of Birch Street. We have a positive relationship with most, many of whom are thrilled to see abandoned derelict industrial properties live again. SRC also owns other properties along Birch Street which allow us to meet the town’s off-street parking requirements.

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Maple Grove Apartments

An experimental model to serve people at risk to homelessness

In partnership with Kennett Area Community Service (KACS) and Habitat for Humanity, SRC is proposing to build a nine-unit housing complex that would provide very small apartment units to individuals at risk to homelessness. This experimental model would seek to integrate housing into a holistic client approach at a price point that would be financially sustainable for this population.

There are two factors that are different in this model from typical low-income housing options. First, KACS would master lease all units and then incorporate those housing units into their overall client life management at a cost that this population can absorb.  Second, we would seek enough community support from the Borough, local businesses, financial institutions, architects and engineers to lower the building and maintenance cost to allow for an affordable rental rate.

If this experiment is successful, this project will not solve our community’s problems of home insecurity. However, our hope is that, as a community, we can learn from this project  so as to expand our capacity to creatively address this challenge over the long-term.

To learn more about this project, download our slide deck here.

As this is an experiment, we value feedback. Also, if you or your firm would like to contribute your skills to bring this project into being, please let us know. We can be reached at info@ksqroots.com.

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Square Roots Property Management

Investing in a thriving community for all.

At SRC, we believe that good homes make good investments. Investing in rental properties presents us the opportunity to have both financial and social impact in our community. We make decisions based on our ethos – advance our community and ensure that all residents can thrive.

SRC has a small bi-lingual team dedicated to maintaining properties and tenant relations. We strive to provide safe and well-maintained properties that are fairly priced hoping that we to attract a broad range of people who are eager live in Kennett Square.

In  2010, we turned a derelict building into six luxury apartments seeking to draw a younger demographic to the town center; our social experiment was a success and our property was an example of the growing revitalization that has consistently followed.

Our Mission

Square Roots Collective is committed to advancing the community of Kennett Square so that all residents can thrive.