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Nation's first LEED Platinum for Neighborhood Development (and Homes)

Paseo Verde

architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, affordable housing, tod
Type
Transit Oriented Development
Scale
220,000SF, 2 Acres
Location
Philadelphia, PA

WRT worked with Jonathan Rose Companies and Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM) to develop a 2-acre brownfield site adjacent to the SEPTA Regional Rail Temple University station – the fourth busiest stop in the regional transit system. This transit oriented development delivers a mixed-use program focused on affordable and market-rate workforce housing. Paseo Verde offers 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. 

Situated at the physical dividing line between the APM neighborhood and Temple University, the mixed-use site weaves the two neighborhoods together and leverages the pedestrian-rich environment of the adjoining transit station.

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The project caps a decade-long planning effort by APM to re-integrate the community with the neighboring Temple University campus and to the city itself, and has been a major contributing factor in the successful Choice Neighborhoods grant applications for the adjoining neighborhood. 

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In addition to achieving LEED for Homes Platinum certification for both the mid-rise apartment building and the townhouses, Paseo Verde was the first project in the nation to achieve a LEED for Neighborhood Development Platinum certification, and is now seen as a model for sustainable redevelopment in inner-city neighborhoods. 

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