Mayor announces big development plans in East North Philly

To replace the barren land near Temple University's rail station in East North Philadelphia, the mayor recently announced plans to convert the space at 9th and Norris Streets into something useful.  On the ground floor will be community and retail space, perhaps a dry cleaners, coffee shop, and some of the comforts that make the morning commute productive. Above the development, 164 rental apartments, with a portion set aside as affordable housing units. Says Nutter: "This environmentally sustainable transit village will build on the area’s existing assets to transform the neighborhood in a safer, more livable community." The pricetag: about $50 million. Revitalization doesn't come cheap.

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