Many worry that gated communities like the coming Umbrella Factory condominiums will push residents out of the neighborhood, which is why 18 neighborhood groups have united to form the Eastern North Philadelphia Coalition. Their goal is the get Medini, one of the buildings new owners, to sign a community benefits agreement. This is to make sure any big development in their neighborhood is equitable development.
Developers like Medini get a 10-year tax abatement while property taxes for some residents in this community have increases excessively in the last five years. Some suggested Medini setting aside a percentage of construction jobs for local residents, creating a science lab, computer center or music program at Ludlow School, sponsor local athletic teams, or allot a portion of the condos for affordable housing. Although Medini disagrees on the Affordable Housing, the future will reveal his final compromise.