Alembic Community Development
Alembic Community Development combines two community development practices that shared a common commitment to collaborative efforts to build stronger communities: Warnke Community Consulting, a consulting firm that designed and implemented community development programs and initiatives and Alembic Development Company, a practice that partnered with nonprofit community-based organizations to build affordable and supportive housing and community space. In merging the two into one integrated company, Alembic Community Development offers a full continuum of planning and development services to nonprofit organizations, neighborhoods and cities.
Benjamin Warnke began Warnke Community Consulting (WCC) in 1998. Highlights of the firmâ€™s work included initiating and leading the Rebuild Chinatown Initiative, an organizing and planning effort in the wake of September 11th ; assisting in the capitalization and management of the Renaissance Economic Development Corporationâ€™s $14 million emergency working capital fund for small businesses in Chinatown; and structuring financing for Bayview Rural Village, a model rural housing and economic development project on Virginiaâ€™s Eastern Shore. WCC also completed extensive work in Biloxi, Mississippi after its devastation by Hurricane Katrina, assisting in the creation of a community-based nonprofit relief and development organization, now called Hope Community Development Agency, and completing a community-led plan for the restoration and revitalization of East Biloxi, an historically low-income African- and Vietnamese- American neighborhood. WCC opened a permanent Gulf Coast office in 2007.
With Mark Reed, Benjamin started Alembic Development Company in 2005 to create equitable joint venture partnerships with nonprofit organizations for the development of quality affordable and supportive housing projects. Since its inception, Alembic has developed over 250 units of housing in New York City for low-income households and individuals and families with special needs. Alembic also completed planning and infrastructure work for 32-units of affordable housing in Pass Christian, Mississippi, one of the first successful new construction projects for low-income households on the Mississippi Gulf Coast following the storm.