Why We Are Here

An unexamined life is not worth living.

Who was Socrates

Socrates was a moral philosopher who dedicated himself to exploring the conduct of a virtuous life. His focus was not on the way things are, but the way things could and should be. Socrates emphasized the need to continually examine one’s life — a quest to find why we are here.

Who we are

Phil walking in the door to 201 New BrookEngineer Philip Cacossa, after a long and successful career working in both commercial and residential architecture, has embarked on what he describes as “Phil’s Excellent Adventure.” In the spirit of Socrates, through soul-searching and an examination of his life, Phil has gradually stepped away from his architectural firm partnership and established Socrates Developers, LLC, in pursuit of the greater good. Find out more about Phil.

What we do

Socrates Developers, LLC purchases and restores neglected homes in communities throughout the Philadelphia area. Phil, a LEED certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) engineer, along with carefully selected contractors/partners are dedicated to a neighborhood revitalization strategy that equips these homes with state-of the-art, high performance roofing, insulation, windows, and other building materials, as well as energy efficient HVAC, lighting and plumbing fixtures. Socrates Developers, LLC is focused on the redevelopment of existing houses in neighborhoods where multiple properties are available. This gives the company the opportunity to not only restore homes, but revitalize communities.

Why we do it

Our mission is to provide fully restored homes to families and individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford them. The improvements assure the homes are energy efficient resulting in the lowest possible monthly utility and maintenance charges. New homeowners will be able to afford these homes through innovative pricing models, reduced labor fees, and volunteer efforts. For Phil and his partners, making a significant contribution to our local communities is the very essence of Socrates and why we are here.