As SEPTA trains zoomed by overhead on tracks atop a large stone wall, Mayor Nutter, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and SEPTA and community leaders yesterday announced a $48 million housing and retail project at the Temple University regional-rail station.
Construction of the 164-unit apartment complex, of which 44 units will be reserved for low-income families, is expected to begin by mid-2011 next to the station at 9th and Norris streets.
Nutter said yesterday that the "transit-oriented" development would strengthen the adjacent Ludlow and Temple University neighborhoods and create a "safer, more livable community."
He thanked Casey for securing nearly $500,000 in federal cash for the project, which is expected to create at least 400 construction jobs.
The city will partner with developers Asociacion Puertorriquenos en Marcha, a local group, and the Jonathan Rose Companies, a New York-based firm that specializes in "green development."