ULI Philadelphia Refinery Redevelopment: Creating a New Legacy


Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
9:30am - 10:45am EDT




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For over 150 years, Philadelphia was home of oil processing at the largest refinery on the East Coast. In June 2019, the 1,300 acre site closed and since then, the property has been sold to Hilco Redevelopment Partners, a Chicago-based developer known for their work redeveloping large, complex industrial projects.
The reuse of this site represents an opportunity to create a new landscape for the nearby neighborhoods and region. Join our speakers, Jasmine Sessoms, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Stephanie Eggert, Senior Vice President of Operations, for a candid discussion moderated by Charlene Drake, Associate with Langan Engineering and Environmental Services. To provide an understanding of this site's present and future, our panelists will engage with and dive into the following questions:
  • How might new owners begin to engage with adjacent communities and rebuild trust? What should communities expect from this project?
  • What are the strategies being used to address future impacts of climate change? What sustainable initiatives are being worked into the project to improve the site's footprint?
  • How does the multi-year development plan for this valuable location align with the future of economic development and growth in Philadelphia?



Stephanie Eggert

Senior Vice President, Operations, Hilco Redevelopment Partners

Stephanie Eggert joined Hilco Redevelopment Partners in August 2020 as Senior Vice President – Operations in the Philadelphia office. In this role, Stephanie focuses on transforming the former Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery site into an environmentally friendly, state-of-the art, multi-modal logistics campus that serves as a hub in Philadelphia creating thousands of jobs. Stephanie worked for PES for over seven years, most recently serving as Vice President of Business Planning prior to HRP’s acquisition of the South Philadelphia industrial site, where she was responsible for maximizing profitability and raw material cost efficiencies. Her experience provides HRP with a unique understanding and degree of expertise that will help the organization effectively manage business operations, synthesize workflows, and coordinate planning initiatives. Prior to PES, Stephanie held various positions of increasing responsibility with Sunoco Inc. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, also serves as Vice President of the Women’s Leadership Forum of Greater Philadelphia and is the former lead recruiter for the Engineering College Recruiting Program.


Jasmine Sessoms

Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Hilco Redevelopment Partners

Jasmine Sessoms joined Hilco Redevelopment Partners in July, 2020 as Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs in the Philadelphia office. Jasmine oversees the company’s community and government outreach efforts as HRP executes on its plan to clean up and transform the former PES refinery site into a state-of-the art, multi-modal logistics campus. Jasmine serves as the key liaison to constituent groups throughout the City of Philadelphia and uses her deep understanding of the community to build trust and foster collaboration between HRP and the residents, groups and institutions we will seek to work with over the long-term. As a lifelong Philadelphian, Jasmine is a well-known figure within the Philadelphia city government, having started her career in corporate giving before transitioning to Managing Executive Director of The Mayor's Fund, where she oversaw $17 million of grants and awards to deliver on the goals of the Mayor of Philadelphia’s philanthropic priorities. From 2017 until joining Community College of Philadelphia, she founded and led the political fundraising firm, J&S Strategies in Philadelphia. As a 2006 graduate of Morgan State University, Jasmine holds a master’s degree in organizational development and leadership from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She serves as a Commissioner of the Governor's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs and is also Chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus Foundation.


Charlene Drake

Associate, Langan

I am a brownfields development specialist. I have worked in environmental consulting for 25 years in the Philadelphia area in all aspects of environmental assessment and remediation from environmental due diligence (Phase I and Phase II) to remediation design and implementation of soil, groundwater, and vapor remediation systems. I can assist with your construction planning for management of excess fill material and with locating clean fill for the construction of environmental caps. Langan engineering is a full service land development firm with national offices. Visit us a www.langan.com to learn more.