Project of the Year
This project is a mixed-use, mixed-income, LEED Platinum development consisting of 120 rental units, landscaped terraces, green roofs, and community service space. The project was built with an energy efficient building envelope and water heating systems, photovoltaic solar panels, and the use of recycled and low emitting materials.
Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECTS:
WRT is a part of the Jonathan Rose Companies and Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM) team selected by the City of Philadelphia to develop 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, 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. Paseo Verde links residents, workers and students to one of the busiest transit stations outside of Center City, and represents 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.
Despite a tight budget, the project is designed to attain the highest levels of LEED for Homes. As the nation's first LEED for Neighborhood Development Platinum Project, Paseo Verde aims to serve as a model for sustainable redevelopment in neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia and beyond.