Groundbreaking for the much anticipated Paseo Verde project—a mixed-use, mixed-income development located adjacent to Temple University’s main campus and train station at 9th & Berks in Philadelphia – took place on April 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM at the site.
Arriving by train to lead in the groundbreaking ceremonies, Mayor Michael A. Nutter said of the environmentally-sensitive project "Paseo Verde represents another step toward Philadelphia becoming America's greenest city." He went on to say "Once again, Philadelphia and its development partners are demonstrating that affordable can be sustainable."
As architect of the project, WRT is a part of the Jonathan Rose Companies and Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM) team that has developed the 1.9-acre brownfield site adjacent to a SEPTA Regional Rail corridor and its Temple University station—the fourth busiest stop in the regional transit system. With a mixed-use program focused on affordable and market-rate workforce housing, WRT designed 120 units of sustainable housing for low and moderate income families, approximately 30,000 SF of ground floor retail and community services, commercial office space, and parking. Sustainable elements including an energy-efficient building envelope and MEP systems, green roofs, photovoltaic solar panels, rainwater retention systems, and the use of locally produced, recycled and renewable materials are featured throughout the design. When completed, Paseo Verde will link residents, workers and students to one of the busiest transit stations outside of Center City, and will represent the culmination of a decade-long planning effort by APM to revitalize the surrounding neighborhood and successfully reintegrate the local community into both the neighboring Temple University campus, and the broader urban fabric beyond. The project is expected to attain the highest level of LEED for Homes and LEED for Neighborhood Development certification, and aims to serve as a model for sustainable redevelopment in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia and beyond.
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