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Preliminary OK for Off-Campus Housing Project Near Temple

KYW NEWSRADIO, June 14, 2009

City Council this past week gave a preliminary thumbs-up to a quarter-billion dollar project in North Philadelphia that will include some much-needed off-campus housing for Temple University students.

The $250-million complex will be built at 12th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue, site of what is now the old John Wanamaker School, which closed back in the ’80s. Colin Jones with the Goldenberg Group, the developer, says the project will include much more than student housing:

“We would have a green technology center, a charter school, an arts and education foundation and we will have approximately 800 residential units.”

This is a joint venture with the neighboring Bright Hope Baptist Church, which plans to open a charter school there. Most of the student housing will be in a new 14-story tower, and Jones hopes for ground breaking by next spring.